Sunday, March 28, 2010

40 days and 40 nights

David Cameron told Conservative activists yesterday that they had 40 days and 40 nights to convince the electorate that Labour is not the future and that only he offered the change necessary to heal broken Britain. He said: "The economy's stuck, society's stuck, the whole country is stuck with Gordon Brown. And we need that change, that energy, that dynamism, to get our economy moving, to get our country moving, to get our society moving."

The biblical allusion prompted Tom Harris MP to tweet:

Odd that Dave's using Biblical language. When I hear "40 days and 40 nights" the first thing I think is "wilderness".
And that, Mr Harris, is right and good.

For these 13 years have been a period of soul-searching and introspection every bit as painful as the other two great periods in the wilderness that the Conservative Party has endured. Its longest period in opposition (1850-74) came as a result of the schism caused by the repeal of the Corn Laws. Since the Party lost power in 1997, Disraeli’s darkest days have been re-lived by John Major, William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard. They were typified by a lack of unity, fractious in-fighting, disloyalty and a resigned despondency that the party never actually deserved to win against Tony Blair: indeed, there were many on the Conservative benches who preferred Mr Blair to Major, Hague, Duncan Smith or Howard.

But then New Labour removed their most successful leader in the party’s history, and foisted Gordon Brown upon the nation. And week after week he had to face the youthful David Cameron across the despatch box, with Mr Cameron exuding a passion for change, tenacity, vigour and suave presentation. In just a few short years since he was elected, David Cameron has managed to draw together the disparate and sometimes conflicting strands of the Conservative Party, and has succeeded in reconstituting it as the ‘broad church’ consonant with its history.

On this Palm Sunday, let us remember that periods in the wilderness are invariably sorely testing, but they can be profoundly purgatorial. Yet the catharsis is only beneficial if it is enduring, if the lessons are learned and effect real change.

In the Lord’s case, the wilderness was a necessary prelude to the incarnational kenosis: he conquered the temptations of the Devil and demonstrated that He came to free people from Satan’s power.

In Disraeli’s case, his wilderness years were inseparable from the great Tory revival, his ‘One Nation’ legacy and the birth of the modern Conservative Party.

In Cameron’s case, the fruits of his wilderness years are yet to be tasted. But there is sure and certain hope of resurrection.


Blogger Jared Gaites said...

"Ye shall know them by their fruits", but all we have is in fact emptiness. Maybe a little taste or indication of what to expect could actually put some zest into the public's enthusiasm. At this moment all we hear about is 'cuts in the orchard'. Not exactly inspiring stuff is it, hardly the sort of platform to launch a revival. Even His Grace's poetic use of language can barely touch the imagination. Yawn.

28 March 2010 at 10:21  
Blogger David Wheeler said...

Election? Yawn..

I would love to vote for a leader, who looked upward for direction, rather than everywhere else.
In my opinion Margaret Thatcher was the last.
It has been said, that when people lose their belief in God, they don't believe in nothing; they'll believe in anything.
Britain has lost its Christian foundation, and the church has also lost its foundation - The Bible - The Word of God.
For whom should I vote? if at all..

David Wheeler.

28 March 2010 at 10:36  
Anonymous Mercian said...

Well, my English, Worcestershire, Market town has had a Pakistani, muslim banker imposed upon it by the Conservative Party.

We are now no longer allowed one of our own to represent us.

The BNP and UKIP will be the beneficiaries.

28 March 2010 at 10:50  
Anonymous len said...

The Labour party has led us into the wilderness,and left us there!.
We are broke, the moral compass has been discarded,we are bullied and browbeaten with ever repressive laws and restrictions, spied upon from every angle, had multiculturalism thrust on us, and the thing I cannot workout is this just due to incompetence, or is this by design to totally destroy the foundations of the U K and rebuild from the ashes a Socialist state?
Come on David Cameron put and end to this travesty of a Government!

28 March 2010 at 11:14  
Anonymous no nonny said...

I don't know how anyone believes he's anything but a traitor until he has the guts to lead us out of the euSSR. And he clearly has not that fortitude.

We can't do a thing while we're ruled by foreigners for foreigners.

Election? The whole thing's a charade and a travesty. It has to be either the BNP or UKIP - or the army.

28 March 2010 at 11:22  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

Mr Wheeler, you should vote for the candidate who most closely represents your views.

Political choices are always compromises, and political parties are always coalitions. You will hardly ever find a candidate or a party that suits you completely (unless you stand yourself).

If you are going to vote, you have to decide which of your aspirations, beliefs and principles you are going to shelve, and which take priority.

As I consider that EU membership is the most important political issue of our time, and that withdrawal is the sine qua non of restoring our national fortunes, I shall be voting for one of the only viable parties offering me that policy.

I therefore have a choice between UKIP and BNP. The latter is mired in a heritage of hatred and irrational prejudice, and brings other matters to the table that violate my libertarian beliefs.

I am therefore left with UKIP, which I shall support despite its perceived seediness and the eccentricity of some of its leaders.

That's my compromise. I am certainly not going to try 'tactical voting' as that is simply guesswork. In any case, the ballot paper doesn't offer us the opportunity of voting against -- only of voting for.

The alternative would be abstention.

28 March 2010 at 11:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From David Lonsdale

David Cameron talks of being radical when he gets into power. We do need a radical change of direction,but I have heard nothing from Mr Cameron that is remotely radical.
Radical change to address our now deep seated problems cannot be effected whilst we are in the EU, about which he said nothing at the Conservative's Spring Conference. He talks of re-patriating powers from Brussels, yet that is not possible without treaty change and Angela Merkel has just told him that the EU will not be re-visiting any treaties. 'In Europe but not run by Europe' is a nonsensical mantra. If we are in the EU we are subject to EU laws and nothing that Mr Cameron says will change that.
If Mr Cameron loses this election it will be because of the EU; the fault line that runs down the middle of the party. As long as we remain in the EU the Conservatives cannot win an election. Their only hope is to make the case for withdrawal and garner the UKIP vote.
What the people want to hear is that he has a robust policy on immigration along the lines proposed by UKIP. That is a halt to immigration unless a foreign national has a work permit. Once the situation had stabilised the rule could be relaxed.
He said he was going to get rid of the Human Rights Act. He has gone quiet on that in the last few months, yet such a move would be hugely popular and eminently sensible. However, he would also have to renounce the European Convention on Human Rights as administered by the European Court and that would bring him into conflict with his masters in Brussels.
Positive discrimination is an iniquitous doctrine that denies merit. The people who believe in positive discrimination would never vote Conservative anyway, so why destroy your core vote to appeal to the radical left-wing fringe.
Given the gerrymandering of the electoral process by the Labour Party in terms of constituency boundaries, the influx of Labour voting immigrants and government employees, Mr Cameron will have a difficult enough job as it is. Spitting in the face of his core vote is not the way to win the coming election.
There is one other glaring issue, which David Wheeler has mentioned. Whichever party we vote for we will get a Godless leadership. Mr Cameron may go to church, but his embrace of the gospel message appears very superficial. Clegg is an avowed atheist and Brown is a Marxist. God, ultimately, will decide this election and an unbelieving and rebellious nation will get the government they deserve.

28 March 2010 at 11:24  
Anonymous British Shorthair said...

Kenosis. Emptiness. Mr Cameron. Your subconscious is the wiser part here, Your Grace.

28 March 2010 at 11:41  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

British Shorthair -- fresh from your recent starring role in the attentions of Peter Hitchens?

28 March 2010 at 11:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

28 March 2010 at 12:58  
Blogger Gnostic said...

The electorate don't need lecturing about the disaster that is New Labour. Surely Cameron should be concentrating on convincing the electorate that the (not the) Tories are the future?

He could start by giving us a referendum. Not on the Lisbon Treaty but on the question of IN or OUT. And he needs to dump that suicidal anti CO2, anti efficient energy policiy. Until Camoron sees sense, or the common sense conservatives take control, my vote goes to UKIP.

28 March 2010 at 14:11  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

In Cameron’s case, the fruits of his wilderness years are yet to be tasted. But there is sure and certain hope of resurrection.

If Your Grace is referring to a resurrection of traditional Conservatism, I doubt if Cameron is the man to do it. Mind you, I’m only judging by what he says:

❛I don’t want us to leave the EU because I don’t think it’s sensible and I don’t think it’s the right thing for Britain.❜—David Cameron

❛Not for the first time, I found myself thinking that it is mainstream Britain which needs to integrate more with the British Asian way of life, not the other way around.❜—David Cameron

❛We would like to see net immigration in the tens of thousands rather than the hundreds of thousands. I’m in favour of immigration, we’ve benefited from immigration.❜—David Cameron

…and by what others say about him:

❛He’s a PR guy. He behaves as if he doesn’t believe in anything other than…the right public image.❜—Rupert Murdoch

❛My doubts about his commitment to doing anything effective were increased this week when I was told that he had got 70 Conservative MPs together and told them the EU issue did not matter.❜—Stuart Wheeler

…and by his probity:

David Cameron faced an internal inquiry yesterday into claims he ‘maxed out’ his second home expenses. The Tory leader took out a £350,000 taxpayer-funded mortgage and then paid off a £75,000 loan soon afterwards. The financial juggling may have cost taxpayers as much as £22,000.—Daily Record

…and by his competence:

David Cameron losing the plot in Gay Times interview.

28 March 2010 at 14:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cameron has 40 days and 40 nights, eh? Could someone remind me just how long this slime ball has been 'leader' of the Conservative Party? I was thinking he had been leader of Her Majesty's Opposition for nigh on 5 years. But maybe I was wrong.

But if I'm right, pray tell what Cameron has done in the last 1,785 days and nights to oppose the most disgusting bunch of charlatans to run this country since the Rotten Parliament some 400 years ago.

Cameron? A complete waste of space, I fear.

28 March 2010 at 14:20  
Anonymous British Shorthair said...


The very same. I have been quite complimentary towards him this week, however.

28 March 2010 at 14:25  
Blogger English Viking said...

Cameron blew it when he revealed himself to be a bare-faced liar over the cast-iron guarantee. His ratings have steadily fallen since then and it looks like it will be a Hung Parliament.

If so, approximately 12 months of nothing will happen, aside from the utter collapse of the economy and probably law and order (what's left of it) with it, followed the removal of Cameron in favour of David Davis, who will split the Tories straight down the middle. UKIP and BNP will become real contenders.

My advise would be to leave the UK. Now.

28 March 2010 at 15:42  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Hell, did they not succumb to 'tempatation' long before they entered the desert? I'm not too sure about the 'fasting' either; reads more like 'feasting' to me.
I'm afraid it's all a 'done deal' and we all know to whom they sold-out! Not that the Devil would have his work cut-out; more likely they corrupted him!

28 March 2010 at 17:13  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

This depressing era of doom and McBroon will hopefully be over soon. The Saatchi posters are good, the truth with a little wit, humour and charm as Lord Bell put it is exactly what's needed. Now all Dave's got to do is be more consistent and get into the mindset of common sense thinking and flex his backbone muscle. People in Britain don't want to be beholden to the EU for everything

29 March 2010 at 00:02  
Anonymous Happyness Stan said...

It has been said, that when people lose their belief in God, they don't believe in nothing; they'll believe in anything.

A truism.

Here is another one.

Only the truth can set you free.

For the truth is the truth, nothing more, and nothing less. The truth is often extremely illusive but not in the slightest bit subjective.

With out the full unadulterated truth, opinion is often completely wrong and in many cases dangerously so. Worse, in a democracy not knowing the full known facts of the matter has the potential to endanger your material being as well as your eternal soul.

For just one example

We were not told the full facts regarding 9/11 or the two current wars in the middle east. However we are now personally responsible for needlessly and violently murdering possibly as many as hundreds of thousands of perfectly innocent human beings.

Even if it were only one, it would be one too many.

Self defence is the only possible excuse for killing another human being. Even then a poor one.

It is now clear that we were not acting in self defence, neither were we attacked by wholly outside forces. 9/11 was in the main a false flag operation performed in conspiracy with compliant elements working within the Islamic world.

There is no point hiding from this reality, however bad our own economic situation may be, or seem to be. We can not hind from the all seeing eye of our own minds or consciousness.

We are now eternally condemned by our own inaction and procrastination. Wholly set up for a cruel but highly deserved soon to be coming retribution.

Ignorance often seems and often is relative bliss.

However the children of god should understand that salvation can only be found or sort in a far better place then on this murderously nasty planet.

In the better place ignorance will not be any type of excuse, especially if your ignorance was simply caused by sloth, wishful thinking, or having more pressing things to concern your self with at the time.

Be careful my friends, after all do you really want to be sent back here again for yet another go at getting it right?

29 March 2010 at 03:58  
Anonymous len said...

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.
—Hebrews 9:27-28

( There is no second chance!)

29 March 2010 at 08:21  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

We are not looking for fourty days and nights ,what we seek are six hundred and fifty crucifictions and a new begining,a parliament of honest men if any are still to be found and a system of administration, of, for and by the indigenous peoples of these islands,not marxist lunatics,bilderburg toffs,liberaly demented,or the third world plague that thinks it knows just how to run a modern first world country,yet is incapable of performing this feat on its own soil.

29 March 2010 at 08:53  
Anonymous Atlas shrugged said...

He said: "They point the way towards a society dominated by majoritarianism and not a more tolerant view of society."

I have heard democracy called many very bad things, many of which I said myself. However I have never heard it called majoritarianism.

If only it were so. For it is clear that if the majority will ruled we would be living in a far more liberal society then we do today. IMO racism would have become a thing of the distant past, the word sexism would never have been invented, and neither would homophobia.

The majority of British people are by nature liberal as well as fundamentally libertarian in there thinking. They are conservative to preserve all that is good, and radical to destroy all that is evil. Which IMO is as it should be, and could have been.

However we can never know for sure, because we were deliberately divided so that the establishment can carry on ruling over us a very long time ago.

This is now called Identity Politics. When it was young it was known as state sponsored RACISM and/or DISCRIMINATION.

Not a pretty sight at the best of times, as well as cruel, illogical, illiberal, undemocratic, authoritarian, highly suspect, infinitely corruptible, when not also being deliberately counter-productive.

30 March 2010 at 01:54  
Anonymous Atlas shrugged said...

To expand on my point.

Democracy at its best is performed using clear and free debate and carrots rather then sticks.

Identity Politics as well as Political correctness represent neither of these things. this especially when the full force of the law gets in anyway involved in to situation. At this point democracy has not only failed it has stopped trying to win.

Or put more accurately deliberately being shown to be no longer relevant or respected as the proper manner by which a democratic society MUST be run.

We have far more serious racial problems in the UK today then any time during the fifties and sixties. Shown to be so by even the governments own dubious statistics and the more factual rise and rise of The BNP.

30 March 2010 at 02:08  

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