Bishop of Willesden tweets the 'beautiful people of Norwich' to vote Labour
Perhaps one gets the see one deserves.
His dialogue today:
@BevaniteEllie: Any Norwich voters on Twitter? May I suggest you vote Labour, you beautiful people.
@hackloon To the contrary - a return to Thatcherism in baseball capped disguise would be a fate too horrendous to contemplate...
@hackloon And that's what the Tories did. Lesser of two evils...
If voting Labour is the lesser of two evils, Cranmer cannot grasp the Bishop's ponerology or understand his vision of hell.
Thankfully, he only has 424 followers (as at 9.00am), and it is unlikely that any of them would be voters in Norwich.
But it is curious that a Church of England bishop should seek to intervene so blatatantly in a parliamentary election. Other than abandoning the BNP, it is not the Church of England's style to direct the faithful from the pulpit.
Cranmer refers the Bishop to some lines from the Church's official election prayers (yes, they exist):
"Heavenly Father, we thank You for the privilege of exercising our right to vote in a free election in a democratic society."
"God, who from of old taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things."
But perhaps the Rev Dr Peter Mullen expresses it best in his General Election prayer, which Cranmer has slightly adapted to the occasion of this by-election:
“O Lord, who hast tried us and that right sore these twelve years of our trying; and hast, through the stiff-necked usurper the Great Brown, laid upon us so many and weary burdens, and hast set us on thy Left hand: stretch forth now O Lord, we beseech thee, thy Right hand and return to thy longsuffering people those things wherein they were wonted to put their trust.
“Behold, O Lord, the sorrows of thy people which do tarry these many days for to see a physician in the service which is called Health; hearken, O Lord, unto the voice of them that leave their teachers of many years, yet can they count not, neither can they read; and see how we are compassed about by the multitude of robbers which do break through and steal even into our household, and do set upon us in the street to do us harm. Thou who hast said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth’, restore thy law and commandments to the punishment of evildoers, so that thy people may pass in peace in the land which thou hast given them.
“And behold the wailing of thy people which are sorely taxed, so that the half of all our substance goeth to feed the fancies of the usurpers that do rule over us.
“Turn, O Lord, turn thee again at the last, and behold the abomination of desolation which is called EU (he that hath ears to hear, let him hear); and deliver us from the great let and hindrance, and the burdens of it which do command us to worship strange gods, and saith to thy people that they be no more a people.
“Deliver us, O Lord, deliver thy people of Norwich on the twenty-third day of this month. Deliver them from the deceitful and wicked man. May those who cast all these heavy burdens upon thy people be cut altogether away, that their voices be no more heard in the land. And bestow upon us, O Lord, the wisdom that cometh through doing Right."