Thursday, December 31, 2009

Farewell to the Noughties – a depressing decade of decay

Good riddance. Cranmer has hated them. It has been a decade for His Grace in which things have gone from bad to worse – personal trauma and catastrophe, bereavement of family and very close friends, national humiliation, oppression, and most recently coming face-to-face with a blubbering mass of evil intent on destroying him: the black dog has been for one or two long walks, and there have been times His Grace yearned to return to ashes and dust. It has also been the only decade in history which Labour have managed to hold on to power continuously, and the evil they have done will live on after them. As much as one loathed much of what Tony Blair represented and did, he was at least credible and charismatic on the world stage. Gordon Brown is a national embarrassment. Perhaps inadvertently, perhaps by design, between them these two professing Christians have created a context which is unequivocally hostile to the Christian faith, and they have robbed us of our historic liberties: equality is the new religion, closely followed by man-made global warming. And any dissent from these tyrannical creeds creates such a jarring dissonance that one is pilloried, slandered and ultimately burned at the stake.

Yet the Conservative Party has been complicit, and Cranmer has no hesitation in highlighting its spectacular failures in opposition. The Party has chopped and changed leaders so often that the general public has scarcely had time to put a face to a name. They have limped from the demise of the ‘don’t-tie-my-hands’ John Major, through the trendy baseball-cap-wearing William Hague, on to ‘the quiet man’ who was Iain Duncan Smith, then to the undeniable ‘something-of-the-night’ Michael Howard, and then ex nihilo came David Cameron, with whom Cranmer had dinner just a fortnight before his election as party leader. He is no fool, and knows what must be done. To be out of office for 13 years and go through five leaders will rank among the lowest points in the party’s history: it has been another aimless foray into the wilderness which will rank with that of 1850-74. It is now up to David Cameron to lead us to the Promised Land.

The decade has been punctuated by the seismic and unforgettable – the destruction of the World Trade Centre will one day surpass the shock and slaughter at Pearl Harbour in the American historic consciousness. The evil was latent, but it spawned a new era of overt ‘global terrorism’, and jihad entered the Western vernacular. London was hit by its own atrocity in the summer of 2005, and very nearly indeed we came to a Christmas Day spectacular on Flight 253 to Detroit. We are a nation at war, and our soldiers are dying weekly in Afghanistan and Iraq, and they are not really sure why. Closer to home, duck houses, moat cleaning, mortgage flipping and Sky sex movies brought our Parliament to its lowest ebb since Cromwell last purged it. As the world was convulsed by its own labour pains with tsunamis, earthquakes, disease and famine, financial armageddon hit like an asteroid, and the punitive taxation consequences will be felt by generations to come.

The Noughties have been a depressing decade of decay: civilisation has become more uncivil; lies have become truth; justice has ceased to be just.

And what of the 2010s, or two-thousand-and tens?

Firstly, let us get the collective name right. The decade must be called the Twenteens. Forget the inconvenient fact that 10, 11 and 12 are not ‘teen years: the name will catch on thereafter. You read it here first.

Cranmer has predicted 10 events of the Twenteens below. Granted, some are born of his present pessimism, and one or two are tongue in cheek.

But, surely, things can only get better?


Anonymous no nonny said...

Your Grace - one hopes and prays they will get better in the public sandpit.

I've been hoping and praying for a long time, I must admit. Still, whenever I hit what I think must be rock bottom, bless me if there isn't another layer or so below it. My chief prayer now is that this world is Purgatory - the desert at the mouth of Hell - from whic, like Aeneas, some of us may even visit the underworld. But I pray that, as for Geffrey in the "House of Fame," God's Eagle will soar down, rescue and raise us to a new Vision of the way out of this nether existence.

Your Grace, thank you for all the company, light, and hope you have engendered in 2009. May your next year (and decade) bring new life, vision, hope, success, and happiness. God Bless You.

31 December 2009 at 07:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace
Whatever happens in the world, I hope you and your readers have a blessed decade.
I personally will be glad this decade has passed and the last week of it - personally and in the news - has summed it up. It was bad.

31 December 2009 at 08:57  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Your Grace, I deeply sympathise with your personal predicaments. We all have our black dogs or at least a dusky puppy or two.

I pretty much agree with most of what you've said. Your observations are spot on. I prefer to call the Noughties the Fraughties. However, while I do not know Cameron personally, I simply cannot find it within myself to trust the man let alone vote for him. On observing his performance on the Westminster stage I find him insincere, opportunistic and vacillating. In other words a thoroughly modern British politician. The entire species should have been drowned at birth.

Yes, Brown is an embarrassment but he's merely the head on a large and festering multi-party boil. It's time we lanced the putrid monstrosity that currently masquerades as government.

I wish you and yours a happier, less fraught decade, Your grace. We could all use one of those.

31 December 2009 at 09:08  
Blogger I am Stan said...

Happy new year Cranny!

Bottoms Up.....

31 December 2009 at 09:28  
Anonymous Knighthawk said...

It is now up to David Cameron to lead us to the Promised Land.

And lo, the people ran headlong after Castirondave who had delivered them from the Great Broon and all his works. The waves parted and the children of Britannia did cross the Channel but alas, they landed in the wilderness of Europa, where there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

31 December 2009 at 10:16  
Blogger DDIM 'n HOFFI said...

Not "things can only get better" please not that old curse. Looks as though we have had an equally bad time of things and I can not take another round of it.

31 December 2009 at 10:24  
Blogger haddock said...

Happy New Year Your Grace; to others, who offer sympathy for Cranmer's plight, I would point out the donate button to the right of the screen and wish them a Happy and Prosperous New Year, Prosperous enough for you not to notice a tenner you are about to donate perhaps...

31 December 2009 at 10:25  
Blogger Maturecheese said...

Your Grace
I share your feelings on the past decade and the harm it has done to the fabric of our society but alas I do not feel any optimism about the coming decade, only a sense of foreboding.

Still,Whatever the future is going to burden us with I hope you have a Happy and prosperous New Year.

31 December 2009 at 10:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly an awful decade. I threw in the towel when people started referring to the twenty hundreds as 'the noughties'. I felt as if people were conferring a sort of Carry On status to a period of time. If people must have some kind of pet name for this decade (and it seems they must), then may I suggest 'the units'? It carries a certain precision and lacks any element that makes you cringe and long for the eschaton.

James Martin

31 December 2009 at 11:00  
Blogger English Pensioner said...

I would probably support Cameron if only I knew what he stood for. All we've had is Blair style waffle.
In America, at the last Presidential election, both parties were calling for cuts in government expenditure and it had considerable public support. Here it seems Cameron is afraid to say anything for fear Labour will shout about "Tory Cuts against Labour Investment".
Why, at least don't they shout back something like "Labour waste against Tory savings"? I'm sure if someone put their minds to it, we could have an example of waste of sums, say, in excess of a million pounds, every day from now to the general election.
Please, I want to know in more detail what the Tories propose to do.

31 December 2009 at 12:49  
OpenID jamestheless said...

Alas, Your Grace, Cameron is the true heir to Blair. He has no apparent political convictions except that he and his friends should be in charge of everything.

As a leader of Her Majesty's Opposition, he has completely failed to hold the Government to account, thereby giving a free hand to probably the worst regime since that of Lord North (who lost the Americas).

While Labour removed many of our ancient liberties, he stood silently by. When Labour completed the task of signing away our sovereignty, he made a "cast-iron" promise which he broke (waving at the small print when called on it). While Labour failed to build the power stations which will be desperately needed in a few years, he erected a wind turbine on his house. While bankers were busily destroying the financial system, he was criticising Labour for not deregulating the City enough. And so on.

The man is clearly out of his depth in a job which involves little more than shouting "yar boo sucks" at the Government. Since, like almost every other modern politician, he has never held a responsible position in the real world, one fears for the country should he become Prime Minister.

On a pleasanter note, I wish a happy, prosperous and blessed 2010 to His Grace and all his readers.

31 December 2009 at 12:56  
Anonymous graham wood said...

"Granted, some are born of his present pessimism"

Your Grace. I'm sure that your predictions justify such pessimism, speaking only of the political scenario which may face us in 2010 in the UK.
It is likely to be a Cameron led government, but with a small majority, or even possibly a hung parliament. If the former, one must ask how is it that Cameron has so signally failed to take advantage of the many open goals he continues to be given by this poverty stricken (in every sense) government? How is it that the whole country is not eagerly clamouring for a Conservative government?
Answer: IMO because they see little or no real change in prospect. The political Right see a weak and unprincipled MKII Blair, a political opportunist with no grand vision sufficient to meet the desperate national plight, politically or economically.
The Left sees him as an archtypical Tory, privileged, remote from ordinary people, and yet sufficiently opportunist to court and exploit every shift and current of political opinion.
The sober truth is that there is little to differentiate Labour and Tory thinking and policies. I can think of least 10 major areas of policy which are virtually identical for Labour & Tories.
1. Acceptance of EU hegomony, law making powers, with consequent British national subjection and humiliation.
2. Acceptance of the Lisbon Treaty/constitution to replace our own great British Constitution.
3. Refusal to undertake any cost benefit analysis of our membership of the EU which is crying out for urgent attention
4 Acceptance of big government- i.e. that of the EU.
5. Naive and uncritical acceptance of the AGW 'global warming' theory and fraud.
6. Total endorsement of the "gay" agenda, including the indoctrination of young children in our schools.
7. Acceptance of the Marxist ideological principles of State control through censorship of freedoms of speech via political correctness.
8. Abortion - stemming from an atheistic/humanistic value system.
9. The rejection of basic democratic representative government at any level due to EU centralised government from Brussels.
10. Endorsement of the multicultural, multi-ethnic agenda, enforced by the apparatus of the encroaching Police state.

There may more but are not these bad enough?

31 December 2009 at 14:34  
Blogger Bernie Gudgeon said...

I suspect politics is tough, nasty work, but someone has to do it. Politicians no doubt reflect contemporary society – we get what we deserve.

31 December 2009 at 14:38  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

One good thing to come out of the 200x's is Your Grace's august blog. This together with other blogs on the internet have provided the prophylactic flea biting the a*se of the body politic in this country, and hopefully injecting a serum of common sense into its corrupt bloodstream.

After all, THEY'VE got (most of) the news media and the BBC. WE'VE got the blogs.

There need to be continuing fleabites.

A Happy New Year to Your Grace and my fellow communicants.

31 December 2009 at 14:53  
Anonymous BL@KBIRD said...

A nice wish your Grace but nothing will get better until the enemy of the human spirit is faced down and defeated. And that is several atrocities away.

1 January 2010 at 04:21  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

I would concur with your assessment Your grace. Our nations' and civilisations' decline has been staggeringly rapid. And my understanding of scripture is that it will only accelerate. Yet the Lord's instructions were,"...when these things come about, let your heads be lifted up, because your salvation is near".

The silver linings have been the development of the blog-o-sphere - and your own august & erudite writing in particular. And on a personal level 10 years of marriage to a wife who has me new insight of my saviours grace & forbearance, and 4 wonderful children who have given me a deeper appreciation of my Heavenly Father's heart.


1 January 2010 at 12:23  

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