Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Labour’s moral wilderness

Cranmer has been wondering what Gordon Brown ought to give up for Lent. As he was doing so, he was drawn to the theme of wilderness. The Conservative Party has been there in previous generations, in particular between 1850-1874 when the party was riddled with division. And these past 12 years have been an undoubted parallel period of physical anguish and profound soul-searching. It remains to be seen whether David Cameron will be able to inspire the same miracle of restoration as that performed by Benjamin Disraeli.

But the wilderness which Cranmer wishes to reflect upon today is that of Labour. He is not prophesying for Gordon Brown a sustained sojourn in the desert (though he prays for it daily), but an examination of Labour’s present wilderness, which is neither physical nor geographic, but philosophical and moral.

Labour is writhing in a period of uncertainty and doubt. It is so riddled with the affliction that 40 days of fasting will not be sufficient to restore its spiritual life, and certainly not to permit such a renewal to extend to the life of the nation.

The United Kingdom is in an undeniable wilderness which is solely of Labour’s creating. As long as the Government decomposes in its own festering incompetence, sleaze and greed, righteousness cannot return. Labour has replaced the light of truth with the relativist shadows of pressure groups – especially the Islamic and Homosexual. The party is trying to serve so many schizophrenic masters that it has ceased to know which mask it must wear for which ball, and to which master of which lobby group at which ball it has promised the final dance. It has become a multifarious hydra which undermines marriage whilst dishing out tax credits to support families; it demeans the faithful majority while deifying the equality of all minorities; and it has trivialised the purpose of Parliament to the point of political prostration.

Lent is a good time for traditional Labour supporters to reflect upon their party’s foundations, for they were acutely Christian. There was a time when ‘Labour’ meant authenticity: at the very least, people associated the word with a political philosophy which was concerned with pacifism, the suffering of the poor, housing the homeless, compassion for the elderly and under-privileged, and rights for exploited workers. It was the party of Christian-inspired social activism, with spiritual roots which stretched back to the halcyon days of Methodism. So gloriously righteous was its mission that Jesus himself would have felt comfortable being taxed one of his coats in order to keep Keir Hardie warm. The party had conviction, principles and morals.

But in the naked pursuit of power, Labour has abandoned all that was true, noble and good and supplanted it with duplicity, avarice and the stench of sleaze. Its principles have been shredded, and its sense of Christian morality pulped and recycled as an idol to every god in the firmament but the One who is known. It has become the party of war, the party of torture, the party of exploitation and the party of deceit. It rewards the thieves and fraudsters with ‘rights’ while penalising the law-abiding and responsible. As former Labour MP Bryan Gould observes: Labour’s achievements ‘have been molehills, judged against the towering peaks scaled by New Labour in its rejection not only of Labour, but of any decent and civilised values’.

Labour has ceased to be civilised, for it has no clear vision of the meaning of this civility. It is no longer good, for it has lost sight of the common good. This recession may be global, but it is Labour’s fault that the United Kingdom is the worst place nation in the western world to cope with its effects. Labour has become the embodiment of that for which it always despised the Conservatives: it is now the undoubted party of unemployment, recession, inflation and increased poverty. Labour is seduced by celebrity and beguiled by vanity.

This is an undoubted moral issue, for firms are condemned to closure, people are reduced to hardship and depression, more workers to unemployment and more families to homelessness through unprecedented levels of repossession. The total number of suicides, heart attacks, divorces and mental breakdowns is never known.

Labour has become the party of widening inequality and social disintegration.

Cranmer exhorts all who are moral, all who are compassionate, all who are discerning and visionary, all who care about the Christian foundations of this nation – it’s civil liberties, religious tolerance, respect for life and the rule of law – to abandon Labour, for its heart is corrupt, its flesh is rotten. Labour has ceased to understand the moral values of the Labour movement: Labour has ceased to be Christian.

As you contemplate this Lenten fast, enduring economic hardship in the wilderness of Labour’s workhouse, consider the empty promises and the vain assurance that ‘things can only get better’. And then reflect upon the undeniable fact that Labour has actually made things a whole lot worse.

So what should Gordon Brown give up for Lent?

How about Number 10?


Anonymous len said...

Spiritual death is a instant thing but only apparent in the physical over a period of time.
Without God the body politic is dead, but now the corpse is beginning to smell.

24 February 2009 at 07:48  
Blogger berenike said...

Hear hear.

24 February 2009 at 08:13  
Blogger North Northwester said...

My chief fear is that this lack of traditional morality has gone from the Conservatives and the Liberal democrats too; as they squabble over the middle ground, I don't recall them complaining much at the immorality of high taxation and high regulation making doing an honest job in the private sector a less-than lucrative thing for most folk.

Where was the high moral tone when our Marines were captured and exploited and displayed like poodles for Islamist purposes?

Where is the moral disapprobation against bartered child brides and female genital mutilation and honour killing or the execution of rape victims for fornication from our ruling class?

Utter silence.

Not a moral amongst most of our MPs, as far as I can see.

I'd love to see the honourable exceptions though - might remind us all we have a civilization here..

24 February 2009 at 08:18  
Anonymous G Eagle Esq said...

" ... The United Kingdom is in an undeniable wilderness which is solely of Labour’s creating ..."

Yes, your Grace .... but isn't this what so many in our Beloved Country have wanted AND profited by

Just think of the Vast Numbers being paid handsomely in so many Candifloss Jobs "employed" by the State directly or indirectly

eg the Advertising Industry & Commercial TV/Radio would collapse if the Government stopped these endless Government Adverts

Haven't we got the Government we want & deserve

I remain your Grace's obedient servant etc

G Eagle

WV = ablubel

Are the Babelonians taking over your Word verifiers

24 February 2009 at 08:38  
Blogger Young Mr. Brown said...

Your Grace seems to be of the opinion that there is something uniquely terrible about the current Labour administration, and that no government in Britain (at least for a few hundred years) has been so dreadful. While this seems to be prima facie unlikely, it seems to me that it is, nevertheless, true.

And hence there is something ironic about the fact that the CofE has banned clergy from being members of a particular political party (and one that shows no sign of wielding any significant influence in government any time in the foreseeable future) at exactly the time that this should be happening.

But what continues to baffle me is that neither of the main opposition parties has seen fit to oppose what this government has been doing, except in minor details.

24 February 2009 at 08:48  
Anonymous Gnostic said...

Nearly all UK politicians are tarred with the same brush. A bunch of moneygrubbing, idiotic, chancer maggots.

What we need is a Brit version of Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic. Such a person ought to be heading up the Opposition and gearing up the fight to lead us out of the EU and moral wildnerness. Instead we have Vacuum Dave. Dave is about as useful as a chocolate oven glove.

What will it take for the morons to understand that we are sick to death of so called "centre" politics? Centre means neither here nor there. We need polemics, not apologia. We need roars, not whimpers. What use is a spineless Opposition that is too timid to oppose?

It is the Tories, not New Labour, who have disenfranchised the British electorate. Why are they too dim to understand this?

We are so screwed!

24 February 2009 at 08:52  
Anonymous Voyager said...

When Labour was Christian it was Methodist. Methodism was working class for those not socially or religiously high enough for Anglicanism.

One Labour ceased to be working class it ceased to be Methodist as public-schoolboys colonised the party with men like Hartley Shawcross and later the croslands, Crossmans, and the arrivistes like Roy Jenkins whose father had been a union official rather than a miner.

The emergence of the Robbins Expansion Club from the new universities brought the Therapy Crowd who saw their own professional careers in terms of "caring interventionism" rendering the populace idiots in need of supervision for their own good.

That is why Labour went wrong. It lost the notions of individual responsibility inherent in the skilled working class and substituted a bourgeois condescension towards anyone not of the caste.

The University graduate comes out pre-programmed with theoretical constructs and unfettered by the constraints of real life to emerge into common rooms of political parties and think tanks - never meeting a payroll, never managing a group of people whose backgrounds are dissimilar; with the most advanced piece of technology being a computer or mobile phone.

Never turning a screw, drilling a hole, welding a plate - no notion of physical work, more journalist than worker....the curse of socialist parties everywhere

24 February 2009 at 09:55  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Amen, Your Grace. The NuLab has made the nation a whore.

But sadly, as others have noted, I see very little difference in the other 2 mainstream parties. There have been glimmers of hope in the form IDS Social Justice work ... but I fear Cameron doesn't have the courage or conviction to follow any of it's findings through.

And whilst we're on the subject of Lenten fasts, I shall have to deprive your Grace of my insightful, erudite comments(!) for the next 6 weeks as I fast the internet which I fear is becoming something of an idol to me. I shall have a lot of catching up to do post Easter Sunday!

24 February 2009 at 10:14  
Blogger The Heresiarch said...

In those good old days of Labour idealism, which so many people eulogise, large swathes of the party were inspired by the example of the Soviet Union. It was the good old Labour Party whose mad programme of nationalisation doomed the country to the stagnation of the 70s from which we only recovered at great cost and, it would appear, temporarily. The bureaucratic, dysfunctional state of the old Labour party may have been less tyrannical and surveillance obsessed that what we have today, but it was corporatist, union-dominated and woefully inefficient. And Labour governments invariably ended up in economic crises, just as this one has.

So don't get too misty eyed, Master Cranmer

24 February 2009 at 10:35  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Your Grace paints the immediate picture with clarity. Like Rebel saint has said, the nation has become a whore, but how many of us have paid the pimp's wages for a ride?

Abraham has shown himself a man who was concerned about the welfare of others. When he learned that Ishmael was not the child of promise, he asked God for consideration of his son (Genesis 17:18). Now, when Abraham learns of the destruction of the city in which his nephew lives, he politely asks if the righteous will die along with the wicked. Abraham asks God to spare the cities if He finds 50 righteous people in the cities. However, we see that Abraham knows the reputation of these cities, for he carefully asks God to lower the limit, step by step, until the Lord agrees to spare the cities if 10 righteous people can be found in the cities. If you count Lot, his wife, at least two married daughters, at least two sons, and two unmarried daughters you come up with eight people. If you add in the married children's spouses, surely there are more than 10 righteous people in the towns.

God allows Abraham to bargain with Him so that Abraham, and we through Abraham, will realize that God is merciful. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah could have been prevented if just 10 righteous people lived in the city. Because the cities were destroyed, we fully understand just how wicked were these cities. Can you imagine a city today that doesn't have at least 10 righteous people living in the city? I can can!!

God Have mercy on you all!

24 February 2009 at 10:43  
Blogger Oldrightie said...

It would be nice to have the chance to find out. I fear his work will be to fend off the bailiffs.

24 February 2009 at 10:44  
Anonymous Last Hope said...

Isaiah 55:7 (King James Version)

7.Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon

24 February 2009 at 11:20  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

1 John 1 (King James Version)

1.That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

2.(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

3.That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

4.And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

5.This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

6.If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

7.But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

8.If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10.If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

24 February 2009 at 11:33  
Anonymous the recusant said...

As infrequent as they are, when Mr Voyager posts, they are worth waiting for.

24 February 2009 at 12:56  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

"But the wilderness which Cranmer wishes to reflect upon today is that of Labour. He is not prophesying for Gordon Brown a sustained sojourn in the desert (though he prays for it daily), but an examination of Labour’s present wilderness, which is neither physical nor geographic, but philosophical and moral."

We have been forced, it seems, to take succor with some of the most despicable beings in the universe. Their sins have been confirmed and systematic, and will be pursued with a vengeance and made good with their end I hope. The ignominious results of disobedience to law and humanity cannot be ignored: blood must atone for blood for society demands it.

They have created a perverse generation addicted to adultery, blasphemy, malice, idleness, dishonesty and drunkenness, recalcitrant amongst reprobates are our own governing politicians; they are beasts, inhuman from start to finish and I am sickened by them. it is time for them to leave NOW for fear of what we might become here at the end of the world.

24 February 2009 at 13:02  
Blogger Hugh Oxford said...

To say that it's all down to New Labour is a bit much. Not long after the last war Britain abandoned Christianity and the writing was inscribed on the wall for this country at that point - in fact for Europe as a whole.

What we HAVE seen is essentially the formal abandonment by government of Christian precepts. The state no longer teaches children that sex only belongs between a husband and wife in marriage, it actively promotes homosexuality and abortion, it courts and equivalates foreign and hostile religions with Christianity, it has destroyed marriage as a meaningful legal entity, it has undermined our very social fabric as a result.

But you could say that this was all done with a democratic mandate.

24 February 2009 at 18:30  
Blogger Bryan Dunleavy said...

While I agree with every word of your analysis I have to take small issue with one of your Grace's adherents. We do not "get the government we deserve". We sometimes get reasonably competent government and we get governments that we have done nothing to deserve.
Such is the present case. There is no sin that I have committed, nor have 95% of my fellow citizenry, to deserve this government

24 February 2009 at 18:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

B D 95% of the UK without sin?
Are we living on the same planet?

24 February 2009 at 18:57  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

You get what you deserve because you are guilty of sins through culpable indifference and omission.

You have the actus reus of murder through omissions - where duty situation exists, and also through deception - an act of omission - obtaining exemption from or abatement of a liability through culpable indifference.


10.If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

24 February 2009 at 19:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Estrangement from God,
Transgression of Gods Laws

24 February 2009 at 19:15  
Anonymous len said...

When we as a nation abandonded God we started on a long downhill slide.
Without Gods law as a yardstick we had to start making and remaking our own moral law( Everyone doing what was right in his own eyes)
I wonder just how far we will have to go before someone wakes up and shouts stop!
The sad thing is as we are sliding further and further down we acclimatize to the change!.

24 February 2009 at 19:29  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Don't think that your saving grace will be ignorance, saved from the real knowledge because the likes of Jack Straw has vetoed the release of minutes into the legality of the Iraq war.

Why do you think this information is to remain secret? Because it was aliens from another planet that were the real enemy? You know the reason why. Nobody needs to see them minutes: we know why. We are being spared the guilt and humiliation.

24 February 2009 at 19:54  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Couple of ideas I like on here -
(apart from the exit of Gordo)
i) Lets give up political parties and just have representatives.

ii) It's a great idea to give up the internet for Lent. Will do - see you all in 40 days and 40 nights. Thanks Rebel Saint!!

24 February 2009 at 20:31  
Blogger Bryan Dunleavy said...

So are we into absoutes here? I didn't claim to have led a blameless life but I am talking about proportionality. If i got caught dipping a girl's pigtail in an inkwell in 1949 I might expect some chastisement and mild punishment but not to be shipped in chains to Van Dieman's Land.
In the same vein, I would not have expected that living, working, contributing to this society for seven decades would find me living under the most incompetent and morally bankrupt government I have known. Moral compass! Which way is it pointing?
The argument that "we get the government we deserve" is designed to shift the blame away from where it should lie and I have heard it averred (particularly on the BBC) that we are all to blame for the present financial crisis. Accountability ought to rest with those who are accountable. Such a quaint notion nowadays!
I would agree that we have to do something to reclaim our democracy, I will not accept that the victim should be blamed.

24 February 2009 at 21:53  
Anonymous Guess who said...

Well done. You are now halfway along the path to salvation. Isn't great that we can still debate these things though?

Ever wondered what a Holocaust denier sounds like? I don't know how long the link will last, but HERE is Williamson, the Holocaust denying Bishop doing his thing.

24 February 2009 at 22:01  
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24 February 2009 at 22:09  
Anonymous not a machine said...

totally agree voyager and thankyou mackenzie.

your grace is inspired for lent alas for labour they can only perspire as the monkey on there backs of there own doing wreaks its sociteial havoc.

its a corrupt ideaology , so much unseen , underhand the spiv spin that comes from a flawed ignorance of values .

countless people have and will suffer for what they have done , the divide and rule , the bullying , the forcing through the mould into labours prefered shape like playdough.

toys for children seems to have been the whole seduction concept whilst we fill the agents of confusion and lies mouths with gold.

"shut it shut it" gordon told the conservatives .

it only shows that the truth does not remain silent despite what the bully commands.

the labour party is a meaningless party , i hope it has reached its end of its post 60s dysfunctionality .

they have mind bended , traded good for dumb. gold for paper it is the third time they have shown us a riches to rags dictat .

i can only pray that we have learnt our lesson , communism doesnt work !!

24 February 2009 at 22:45  
Blogger Wrinkled Weasel said...

In recent times, say the last fifty years, Labour has relied on a mob vote. It's the vote that would bring back hanging if such legislation were brought before Parliament. It's the revenge vote.

As Jeremy Clarkson recently observed; a Cadillac pulls up on any American dirt town and a well-dressed guy gets out. A poor bystander remarks "One day, that will be me"

The same happens in Rotherham, only the bystander remarks, "Flash bastard" and quietly scrapes a deep scratch in the car's body.

It's the politics of envy, hate and revenge.

This Son of the Manse is responsible for allowing this country to slide into religious intolerance. He was brought up, presumably to know right from wrong, therefore, in my book, he is more culpable than Hitler.

24 February 2009 at 23:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


24 February 2009 at 23:20  
Blogger DP111 said...

Yes NuLabour has been destructive on a grand scale, and it has done so by impoverishing the country, i.e., making us pay for the destruction. It has destroyed the NHS, education, transport, made a mockery of law and order, and much else besides.

I could have forgiven Labour all the above, as all these can be restored in the fullness of time. What I cannot forgive NuLabour is that it has placed the existence, nay the very soul of Britain at risk, by allowing in millions of Muslims to settle in Britain. In the fullness of time, and that is likely to be just 50 years from now, Muslims will be a majority in the UK, and we will have sharia enacted in parliament. Goodbye to historic Britain.

G K Chesterton wrote a fictional novel “The Flying Inn” that set out such a course of events - the Islamisation of Britain by stealth. Who would have ever guessed that such an eventuality would ever be realistic.

24 February 2009 at 23:56  
Blogger Theresa said...

Do you know the best thing that could happen to Westminster? Proportional representation. It would mean that no party would have an overall majority, that good ideas from the opposition would not be dismissed out of hand, and it would mean that everyone would be responsible for decisions; if the opposition has a say in getting a policy through or opposing it, then they bear responsibility. It would mark the end of ya-boo opposition, proposing nothing and opposing everything. In Scotland, we have managed to stop the NHS from being taken over by private companies, we brought the smoking ban in before England and we brought in personal care for the elderly. We also had the interesting and laughable situation a couple of weeks ago, where Labour voted against the budget and then realised to its horror that it couldn't do that, because it meant that none of its councils were going to get money. It had to learn to deal like grown ups with its counterparts.
I think you guys need to catch up with us..

25 February 2009 at 01:26  
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25 February 2009 at 02:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who seriously entertains the thought of proportional representation should be taken out and thrashed. What happens is the fringe elements become politically important. The major parties have to do deals with them in order to govern. The tail then begins to wag the dog when the crackpot fringe extract their pound of flesh.
New Zealand has recently voted out a socialist and inept Labour government that has ruled a corrupt roost for the last nine years. The minor parties were essential to this reign.

They have rooted the country. Their 'policy' squandered NZ's resources and broke down the social infrastructure. They have had a signal hate of anything they did not deem progressive. [that includes all forms of morality]

They will not be missed--ever.

A big thanks to proportional representation--Not!

25 February 2009 at 05:50  
Anonymous Canadian Observer said...

Watching from afar, it would seem that there is not very much that separates Dacmeron and Blair/Brown. They are all on the left of the political spectrum. One should not expect very much of the British Tory leader because there is simply not very much there.

25 February 2009 at 09:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The positive side of being in the wilderness, of being in the desert is you start sorting the things that really matter and the things that are unnecessary baggage!

1 March 2009 at 22:37  

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