Monday, May 11, 2009

The Mother of Parliaments has become a whorehouse of ill-repute

Gordon Brown is the worst prime minister in living memory, and now quite officially the worst leader of the Labour Party ever. With a poll rating of 23 per cent, his popularity has slumped to its lowest level since polling began in 1943, and now ranks beneath the nadir reached by Michael Foot. The Prime Minister has lost all authority – political and moral. This Labour government might breathe life, but it is dead. The sustaining of Gordon Brown’s premiership and the perpetuation of this parliament are endangering the political system and democracy itself.

What used to be decent, moral and upright has become a social evil, a harlot’s trade, a vulgar violation of the trust of the people. In a democracy, the responsibility of the people towards governments also permits them an input to those governments. Christians should always be prepared to contend for justice, truth and liberty. Where these are threatened and the threat goes unchecked, the world will be made all the darker, and the affairs of men made all the more godless. Intrinsic to democracy – above all other forms of government – is the importance of each individual as created and loved by God. It permits the examining, correcting and rebuking process, which is necessary in man’s fallen and corruptible state, by emphasising that powerful officers of government are accountable to ordinary people. Since to err is human, national governments subject to the will of fallible electorates can, and do, make mistakes, but are also able to rectify those mistakes.

Where they refuse, the spirit of autocracy supplants that of liberty, and totalitarianism ensues. Everything is then brought under the control of one authority and no opposition is permitted. To question is treason; to disclose corruption is heretical.

Your Majesty, the people are angry. We humbly beseech you, the Sovereign and sole organ of constitutional government which remains unsullied by these sordid revelations, to intervene in order to preserve the peace and security of the Realm. While your subjects endure recession and hardship, with hundreds of thousands losing their jobs and their homes, many of those members of Parliament who purport to represent them are indulging in excess, while some are guilty of deception, profligacy and fraud. The people have lost confidence in their elected representatives. Too many of them appear arrogant, haughty and detached. They are shameless in their scandal. Their oaths of office, sworn before God and in the Gracious Name of Your Majesty, have become naught.

The reputation of Parliament is sullied, politicians are debauched and politics is debased. His Grace humbly beseeches Your Majesty to summon a meeting of the Privy Council and issue a proclamation to dissolve Parliament. Immediately thereafter, writs may be sent to the returning officers for the election of the members of the new Parliament.

The Prime Minister must resign; the Speaker of the House of Commons must resign; all of those ‘honourable’ and ‘right honourable’ members who have been found to be involved in duplicity, profligacy or fraud – even if this be breaking the ‘spirit’ of the rules – must be dismissed and deselected. There can be no place in public life for those who have been seen to squander public money for personal gain, even if they ‘have done nothing wrong’. Disgrace and contempt have replaced integrity and trust. Surreptitious greed and outrageous avarice have corrupted the most noble of institutions.

More than any time in three centuries, Parliament is in need of honest, fearless and morally upright people. It is time for another Cromwell:

It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone!
So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!

Cranmer can do no more than call on the Sovereign:

Your Majesty, in the name of Christ, dissolve this rotten parliament.


Blogger Mar said...


11 May 2009 at 07:35  
Blogger North Northwester said...

It's within the rules for a man to have sex with his wife.

If he insists on doing it every single day and on every occasion that it suits him; irrespective of her feelings or inclinations, then who is in the wrong and who is in the right?

11 May 2009 at 07:48  
Blogger Bishop Alan Wilson said...

Whilst holding out no brief at all for Parliamentary Chocolate Bunny allowances, reality does compel an acknowledgment that fast sailing close the wind about expenses has been freely indulged in by politicians of all stripes these past thirty years. We are so lucky to have righteous and incorruptible journalists who know nothing of excess expenses, and thus have moral authority in these matters. As is well known, The Daily Mail only uses plain brown envelopes because they are so cheap. It all goes to show (as C. S. Lewis used to say, but not about Parliament) “Many go down from the sunlit lands, but few return to the worlds above.”

11 May 2009 at 07:54  
Anonymous len said...

Those vital elements needed to govern a Nation trust,respect and authority have gone probably never to be restored
This Labour government has failed the Nation in all respects" "Do not stand upon the order of your going, but go!

11 May 2009 at 07:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the polls 23% of the population still back Labour.

However, 26% of the population are classed as having some form of mental illness.

11 May 2009 at 09:12  
Blogger KG said...

And if Her Majesty will not do this, what then? And what is the point of your monarchy?

11 May 2009 at 09:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace,
to quote Omar Khayam:

"Ah, Love, wouldst Thou and I with Him conspire.

To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire.

Wouldst not we shatter it to bits,
and then rebuild it,

Nearer to the Hearts Desire".

11 May 2009 at 09:21  
Anonymous Voyager said...

This problem started with large majorities - in 1979. The leadership of the governing party had to occupy the vast hordes unlikely to get Preferment on The it simply let them stuff their pockets with lucre.

Exactly the same happened in local government after capping and emasculation.

This parliamentary system does not function with big majorities - if Cameron gets one and cannot buy off his MPs with lucre he will find rebellion and factionalism impossible to control.

The landslide result is a disaster in this system

11 May 2009 at 09:27  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Your Grace

I take Voyager's point about large majorities - but if there were a system of proportional representation, there would be party lists and it would be impossible to dislodge any of the rascals.

What I can't understand why an allowance to help buy second home should include all the running expenses, down to dog food and sanitary towels. If the Nation then owned that home and could sell it when the MP left Parliament, well and good but the MP then can sell the home to his or her advantage.

And what about the House of Lords? - more like the house of Cronies.

There is a website called
detailing how to get in touch with MPs and Peers.

How ironic! It should be renamed

I wonder should I grab the domain before someone else does?

11 May 2009 at 09:47  
Blogger MathusianOptimist said...

Your Grace,

I humbly ask that you educate this virtually illiterate and historical-buffoon as to when in the history of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland there sat a 'decent, moral and upright' government.

Whilst I share your anger and outrage, I cannot escape acute cynicism when I hear the Great and the Good weep with the lamentations of Solomon about the political & economic system that they have for so long allowed to fester.

11 May 2009 at 09:54  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Malthusian Optimist should recall that it was Margaret Thatcher who first permitted the housing allowance to be used to pay mortgages. Prior to her changing the rules it was only possible to offset rental allowances.

If you look at Germany or Sweden they have set allowances for rental and only Italy comes anywhere near British largesse for MPs.

The current corruption is recent. When Harold Wilson was in Opposition in 1970 he had to sell his memoirs to raise money to fund his Office as Leader of The Opposition. The Allowance Culture is very recent =- 30 years or so and reflects the featherbedded society where noone Invests and Everyone Consumes

11 May 2009 at 10:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All houses of ill repute should be closed on polling day. That is so there will be no confusion between them and the Houses of Parliament.

11 May 2009 at 10:12  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

You are wasting your time,your grace,her majesty is to busy doping her racehorses to observe her oaths,the gravy train also stops for passengers at winsor.

11 May 2009 at 10:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree.

The Queen should summon Gordon Brown and 'invite' him to dissolve Parliament.

11 May 2009 at 10:23  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

"We are so lucky to have righteous and incorruptible journalists who know nothing of excess expenses." - Bishop Alan Wilson.

Said with tongue very firmly in cheek I hope & assume. If our MP's have scraped the very bottom of the barrel then journalists are still the wood worm that are eating the very barrel itself.

11 May 2009 at 10:48  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

An excellent quote form Mr Cromwell your Grace. IMHO, the key part is contained in this sentence,"Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God;"

11 May 2009 at 10:51  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

And one other thing, whilst "naming & shaming" is both necessary & just, I do think it would do the boy of Christ well if we were also to "name & fame" those members who have indeed been honourable. It is good that what has been done in darkness has been brought into the light but instead of revelling in it I pray that the same Spirit that moved upon Zacchaeus moves upon our own corrupt tax collectors.

11 May 2009 at 10:59  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

oops - "boy" = "body"!!

Right, I'm through!

11 May 2009 at 11:00  
Anonymous BNP supporter said...

Hah! ha ha ha! .... all the way to the ballot box!

11 May 2009 at 11:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace,

I saw lightning flash across your face. Ye thunder to this people in tempest; in earthquake and fire.

11 May 2009 at 11:47  
Blogger Dave said...

If they're so keen on adopting Sharia law then they won't mind going without a hand or two.
Thieving scum

11 May 2009 at 12:13  
Anonymous BNP supporter said...

How many MPs does it take to change a lightbulb?

One to notice they're in the dark.
Two more to confirm the observation.

A committee of nine to conclude that the cause of the darkness is that something isn't working.

One to hire his brother as a consultant to identify precisely what it is that isn't working.

The consultant to call in his geeky nephew who understands the technicalities of illumination systems.

A subcommittee of seven to investigate the environmental impact of replacing the defective component of the illumination system.

Five to change the defective component - one to stand on a chair to grip it, and the other four to hold each leg while rotating the chair.

Three to fill in the expenses form in triplicate.

All the previous to attend the lavish, taxpayer-funded celebration to mark the grand switching-on and completion of the project.

11 May 2009 at 12:26  
Anonymous John Malcolmson said...

BNP supporter - haven't you forgotten something?

The chair is a no-no. Not only would it not be compliant with EU regulations, but the people holding the legs would be put at a totally unacceptable risk of back strain by having to bend down for said task.

The only suitable vehicle for reaching the light socket is a stepladder which conforms to the latest Brussels health & safety directive (at least another three people would be required to check this).

11 May 2009 at 12:42  
Anonymous Anguished Soul said...

Excellent post Your Grace.

But will HRH listen and act?

11 May 2009 at 13:23  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

Your Grace,

When was the last time a reigning monarch defied the will of the Prime Minister of the day? I believe it was George V some time in the 1920s, on a matter of relatively minor importance. About time for a second shot.

11 May 2009 at 13:26  
Blogger Dr.D said...

When was the last time HRH actually did anything at all? By this I mean to take any real action to exert leadership of the UK. Does anybody remember?

11 May 2009 at 14:07  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

Your Grace, this report which I've added to is, I believe from the Catholic Church on European Demographics.
It claims we are doomed, this is not actually true, what is in fact going on is that we are being exterminated.
Your own blog touched on this subject a while ago.
Westminster has presided of 7.2 Million Abortions since 1970.
This in my opinion is no Accident.
We are set to become minorities within decades, minorities in what will by then be an Islamic republic.
This is no accident, Govt must know of this, indeed I have read somewhere that this was the Very subject that Damian Green was arrested for.
IE the subject of Demographics.
If you think about it, we all know the EU is a Growing Tyranny, what better for them than to have an extra layer of Oppression ove rus than Sharia Law.

7.2 Million abortions, Talk of Sterilisating our school children.
You may want to look into the HPV vaccine too, I'm seeing a disturbing number of articles that these lead to sterility.

Yes it is difficult to believe But I believe this is what is happeneing.
If you think of it in terms of the EU, it does in fact make perfect practical sense.

Demographics and Treachery

11 May 2009 at 14:31  
Anonymous Adrian Peirson said...

Oh the point of my comment was that the expense scandlas are not in any way a big issue, If the BBC will reveal expenses scandals, why not what is in my view a FAR bigger scandal, namely that of Demographics.

11 May 2009 at 14:32  
Blogger Gnostic said...

The Queen can't or won't act and there's little or no honour amonsgt the Parliamentary thieves so they ain't gonna resign. Time to part-aaay!

I'll bring the rope...

11 May 2009 at 14:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, Your Grace.

11 May 2009 at 15:36  
Anonymous Wallenstein said...

I'm not sure the mother of "Airmiles Andy" and grandmother of Prince "I'll just stop by Kate's to show her my chopper" William is best placed to sit in judgement on the issue of abuse of public funds...

11 May 2009 at 16:49  
Anonymous not a machine said...

your graces quotation of cromwell is timed well , and it is interesting to note that labour have done everything possible in the dumbing down toolbox , to make reblling against corrupt governance , an historic relic .

much has now been explained to me how our rights have been decomposed into a vote and an email to a press conference.

There are other corruptions that resource the lies , Bishop Carey is right to point it out , repect has been flowing down the drain for some time as the political class has risen , labours quangocracy has only fuelled the fire more , in that governance and business has forgot the very good reason why they should interface and not merge into a socialist concept.

Cromwell had many qualities that would do well today , perhaps most evident is his instinct for where the rot starts , the particular speech you quote , i think is the one where he stood up and removed his hat (a sign his head was exposed to god), when he had finished he clapped it back on his head to show it was done , the speaker i believe was man handled out his chair .

being on your honour must mean that you have to forfeit if you bring your honour into disrepute. When rigour to apply the standards of honour is undermined (so skillfully by this labour goverment) then you have the sort of mess the political parties are trying to extract them selves from.

there is is always "easy in" the broad road , but as they are finding today "no easy out"

11 May 2009 at 17:49  
Blogger OldSouth said...

'More than any time in three centuries, Parliament is in need of honest, fearless and morally upright people. It is time for another Cromwell:'

It is time for Mr. Hannan--for all of us on both sides of the Atlantic.

Last month, he inserted the verbal spear into Brown, and spoke for us all(who wish we could say these things out loud to the US politicians, in a forum where they would be forced to listen).

11 May 2009 at 18:29  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Adrian P, that is a truly sobering video.

12 May 2009 at 00:53  
Blogger Ayrdale said...

Any word from The Palace yet ?
Has Charles plugged his ear trumpet in ?

12 May 2009 at 01:06  
Blogger The Young Oligarch said...

Mathusian Optimist -

What about the occasion on which this speech was made ? -

Both The Cabinet and The House Of Commons were the immense and wise protectors of humanity at that time .

12 May 2009 at 01:20  
Blogger ZZMike said...

Her Britannic Majesty the Queen might consider recalling the time of Charles I and dissolving Parliament.

(There are countries where this is done on a rather regular basis, and other countries where the dissolving is a bit more literal.)

That wasn't just a one-time whim of a lese majeste - Cromwell did it again about 30 years later, and that was such fun he did it over again a number of times. His son took up the cudgel and dissolved another, when it became vexing.

So let's call on historical precedent, dissolve this one and put them all on the National Health.

12 May 2009 at 02:02  
Anonymous non mouse said...

ZZ - that idea about putting them all on the National Health is quite brilliant!!! Even if they find doctors in charge who are either subcontinental or continental: the substructure might do the job.

About the Head of State dissolving Parliament, though - I'm not so sure. Charles I was very much a euro, and a proponent of the Divine Right of Kings. Cromwell was a plainer sort, but also a nasty piece of work. The point, surely, is to set a good example; not to follow bad ones - and certainly not any euro model. The point of being separate from them, is to avoid being like them.

12 May 2009 at 03:10  
Anonymous churchmouse said...

Maybe a Petition from the People to the Queen would be the way to effect the Dissolution of Parliament?

But how do you form an effective interim government that is acceptable to the People? Should the interim government suspend all euro legislation pending a referendum on sovereignty? And how do you select new candidates for a General Election -so as to re-establish Parliamentary Democracy?

And shouldn't you put all such plans before the Public so that they know what they're signing up for?

12 May 2009 at 04:27  
Blogger killemallletgodsortemout said...

Nice one, Cranmer.


13 May 2009 at 22:35  

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