Tom Harris MP - an honourable man
To be voted the #6 Top Conservative blog in the UK, above all Tory MPs and the traditional Tory press, is an honour indeed. And to enter the Top 10 Right of Centre blogs is most humbling (if not a little mystifying).
But by far the most prestigious honour paid to His Grace comes from the blog of Labour's Tom Harris MP, who writes:
"IN THE fine tradition of bloggers being entirely self-important and self-obsessed, I’m announcing three worthy (and, I’m sure, grateful) additions to my blogroll.
At least one of them will be met by some of my left-leaning readers (do I still have any of them?) with outrage, if not horror. Archbishop Cranmer is a blog I’ve been reading more and more recently. His Grace is not only a very good writer but more importantly, he does what good bloggers should do: he challenges his readers. There aren’t too many political bloggers out there who adopt an overtly Christian perspective, and His Grace does it with style and conviction. He’s often wrong, of course, but that doesn’t disqualify him from the honoured position he’s just attained on this site.
In fact what made my mind up to include him was his brilliant post on Baby P. Whenever I’ve written about the subject I’ve allowed my emotions to get the better of me (not always a bad thing, incidentally). But this by Cranmer wins my vote for the best blogpost written by anyone since the awaful saga began."
While Cranmer is delighted to hear that he may evoke outrage and horror from some left-leaning souls, Tom Harris' post encapsulates for His Grace what politics is about: reaching out and touching nerves in one's ideological opponents in order to make them think, consider, reassess, re-evaluate and, as a consequence, effect change - societal, national and personal.
Cranmer has had the occasional run-in with Mr Harris, who is (being a Socialist) frequently wrong. But he has one of the most generous spirits and fairest of minds on the Labour benches. He is a lucid and original thinker, quite unafraid of being critical of his own party, and one with whom the Conservative Party could certainly do business. He is, in short, an honourable man. And God knows Parliament needs those on both sides of the House.
His Grace has much to catch up on. He hopes to turn his mind to pressing matters religio-political as soon as he is once again attuned to them.