Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Tom Harris MP - an honourable man

Cranmer is back, reconstituted and refreshed. He thanks all of his communicants for playing nicely while he has been away. And it appears that, in his absence, he has won a few honours and plaudits.

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.


Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

Amazing Grace! I am up earlier than usual today because my car tax has run out and I am facing half an hour's walk to catch a train that will take six minutes to arrive. It's been a difficult few weeks.....must dash.

1 September 2009 at 07:59  
Blogger English Viking said...

Mr Harris (being a Socialist) is, in my opinion, hardly someone with which anybody would wish to do business. Psalm 118 v 8.

1 September 2009 at 08:39  
Blogger Timothy Belmont said...

Good to hear Your Grace back again, rejuvenated and reinvigorated.

Many congratulations too, Your Grace, on your obvious blogging prowess; remarkable command of the English Language; and praise from some unlikely quarters.

Well done.


1 September 2009 at 08:48  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

I am back from my travelling ordeal Your Grace, and it has been a strange morning. I am not wanting to be a spammer on your first day back, but this article from the Tlegraph is too significant not to be mentioned.

Alastair Campbell "does" God more than you'd think, Tony Blair confesses

1 September 2009 at 11:42  
Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

Hurrah! What a fantastic post. It gives me hope. If Tom Harris could not only like that post of yours on Baby P, but say it is the best thing written about the boy, then there is hope for the Left. There is hope for us all.

As usual Your Grace, you have the presence of mind and enough natural curiosity to recognise goodness and intelligence in people, whatever their political position.

You are a star!

1 September 2009 at 12:39  
Anonymous Knighthawk said...

Glad to have you back YG.

Your blog is unique and its good to see that you are getting proper recognition for your thought provoking postings.

1 September 2009 at 12:58  
Blogger OldSouth said...

Welcome back. You were missed.

Not that much happened while you were away.

I suspect the next three months will be eventful, giving you many opportunities to share your wisdom.

1 September 2009 at 13:36  
Blogger Patrick O'Neil said...

Welcome back, You're Grace! You're many accolades are well deserved.

1 September 2009 at 14:25  
Blogger UKViewer said...

Your Grace, it is good to see that your powers of conversion (without threats of burning at the stake etc) are still working.

If you can impress and convert one socialist, than the way is open for a campaign to convert them all.

My only worry is the lack of blue blood around among them, and how we will fit them all into the Lords when they retire.

1 September 2009 at 15:59  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Welcome back, Your Grace.

Since I have commented once or twice upon Mr. Harris I shan't bother to remind you that I think he's a sanctimonious...oops!

1 September 2009 at 16:08  
Blogger Gnostic said...

I will, however, congratulate you upon receiving just recognistion for your religio-political erudition.

1 September 2009 at 16:09  
Anonymous Anguished Soul said...

Welcome back Your Grace.

We look forward to more intelligent and erudite posts from yourself, now you've had time to refresh. Do carry on in your usual vein!

1 September 2009 at 20:31  
Anonymous len said...

Welcome back Your Grace.
Its good to see your unique talent for hitting the nail on the head is being recognized.

1 September 2009 at 22:07  
Anonymous not a machine said...

welcome back your grace.

I think you have deserved your Blog awards , your articles are thoughtfull, relevent and reminders of where certain roads lead.

2 September 2009 at 02:42  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Welcome Back, Your Grace!!

And - Congratulations.

2 September 2009 at 07:38  
Blogger Dizzy said...

Your Grace, we missed your erudite and perceptive comments. Heavens even the Socialists have noticed!

2 September 2009 at 08:47  
Blogger Adrian said...

Welcome back Your Grace! You have been missed.

2 September 2009 at 15:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace,

Welcome back!

Do business with that socialist?

How can we possibly sully our purity by being seen to consort with our enemies?

2 September 2009 at 22:03  

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