Tuesday, May 11, 2010

David Cameron is Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


At last, the deal is done. The details are yet to emerge (and some of them appear to be a cause of considerable alarm) , but we can at last give thanks that David Cameron has achieved his political objective and is safely installed at 10 Downing Street as the first Conservative prime minister since 1997. It is has been a long and painful 13 years in the wilderness, and we are not out of the desert yet. But another five years of being Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition would have stretched loyalty to breaking point, and now at least the Conservative Party have a foot over the threshold of power (...the other over-sized shoe belongs to Nick Clegg).

It is interesting how some have an easy path to power and for others it is tortuous. Some spend years if not decades honing their skills in vain, while others attain high office as if by magic, quite unprepared politically and philosophically.

In a sense, David Cameron was destined to be Prime Minister: born into a wealthy family, Anglican, Eton, Oxford, PPE, well-connected, CCO, political adviser, after one election rehearsal became a shoe-in for a safe Tory seat, entered Parliament in 2001, swiftly promoted, leadership candidate just four years later…

This path contrasts greatly with that of Margaret Thatcher: born to a family of modest means, Methodist, grammar school, Oxford, chemistry, no influential connections, had to apply to many associations before finally entering Parliament in 1959, frustrated at many turns, had to wait almost two decades before becoming a leadership candidate…

Let us hope that the years 2001-2010 have taught David Cameron what Margaret Thatcher learned between 1970-1974: how not to govern.

The more state spending, borrowing, taxation and regulation we have, the less is the incentive for enterprise.

David Cameron must espouse limited government, individual freedom, private property ownership and the rule of law.

Margaret Thatcher faced the Winter of Discontent – a bankrupt nation, public sector strikes, unbridled trade union power and national demoralisation.

David Cameron faces a summer of near-bankruptcy, public sector strikes, resurgent trade union sabre-rattling and a nation under EU occupation.

Margaret Thatcher faced a Cabinet largely hostile to her reforms; David Cameron has surrounded himself by congenial sorts, even if a disproportionate number appear to be Liberal Democrats.

Margaret Thatcher’s vision to reverse state control, liberate individual initiative and stand up to the communism of the mighty Soviet Empire was shared by President Ronald Reagan.

But whatever David Cameron may wish to achieve economically or against the Islamism which today threatens the peace and security of the world, he will find no soul-mate in President Obama.

There are problems and uncertainties, yet this is an exciting time to be alive.

All that we need now is a vision.

And that vision must be one of compassion.

And we must wait and see if David Cameron has the answer to today’s political, social and economic problems, and whether or not he possesses the courage to resolve them.

48 Comments:

OpenID tonybutcher said...

Compassion Must Be at The Heart of New Government: http://wp.me/pRHY4-Z

11 May 2010 at 20:22  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

Well, what's done is done. Now we can resume the Christian unity this blog used to enjoy across the different political flavours. We now have a new PM and a new Tory LibDem alliance in government.

I can look forward to Cranmer's Christian outlook without the fear driven spin which was driving His pre election agenda and emotional attachment to His pathological connection to a singular political party. As strange and offencive as I have found it, I can now join in protest at all things anti Christian.

All the best and God Bless the UK.

11 May 2010 at 20:59  
Blogger Matthew Hosier said...

There is no Con-Dem nation for those who are in Christ Jesus...

11 May 2010 at 21:14  
Blogger Owl said...

I am pleased to note that YG can return to normal. It's excellent that Gordy is being put down, poor thing was only suffering.
I just think it's a pity that we don't really have a conservative government, just another crowd going down the third way. this will be a very expensive route for all of us.

11 May 2010 at 21:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no he isn't, he's the First Minister for England and nothing more.

11 May 2010 at 21:50  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Wonderful news, Your Grace. Congratulations.

11 May 2010 at 21:54  
Anonymous Rebel Saint said...

Matthew Hosier said... "There is no Con-Dem nation for those who are in Christ Jesus..."

Clever. LOL

tonybutcher said... "Compassion Must Be at The Heart of New Government"

As long as by 'compassion' you don't mean rewarding idleness, immorality and indolence. Or people not taking responsibility for their actions.

Time to start educating the nation as to the difference between the deserving & undeserving poor. One are worthy of compassion, the other of contempt.

11 May 2010 at 22:00  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Paddy Pantsdown to be Defence Secretary!

11 May 2010 at 22:05  
Anonymous John Knox said...

Congratulations! However you probably mean to say that he is the new governor of the British isles and subject of a foreign power called Europe.

11 May 2010 at 22:10  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

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God Moves in a Mysterious Way

11 May 2010 at 22:13  
Blogger Gnostic said...

It won't last...

11 May 2010 at 22:49  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Paddy Pantsdown not to be Defence Secretary! The BBC got it wrong.

11 May 2010 at 23:00  
Blogger OldSouth said...

Let us hope he and those around him make good use of the opportunity lent them by the voters.

'Tis true, he has no friends in the White House, or in the leadership of either house of Congress.

But the people of Great Britain have millions upon millions of friends amongst the citizens of the US. We remember, even if the Left wishes to push hundreds of years of common history down the memory hole.

Hang on tight, we're working to get people of goodwill back in office.

12 May 2010 at 00:44  
Anonymous not a machine said...

If editors of con home are due for a holiday or even a sabatical I suggest they take it , this is a bit of wierd new world .

12 May 2010 at 00:52  
Anonymous Lumberjack said...

Your Grace,

Compassion Must Be at The Heart of New Government

Surely you know that the State cannot show compassion. Compassion is an attribute of individuals. All the State can show is compulsion. I look forward to the return of Your Grace's erudition, which seems to have taken a holiday.

12 May 2010 at 02:26  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Melanchaton : I keep having this wierd body posture , my finger touches my lip and whilst in deep thought , I go mmmm ok ok ok we have to make it work , I then raise my finger , but what about ...... . I feel a bit of trans somthing or other and not sure if if Ime in a Mel Brooks west end mucical.

Mr Clegg wants liberal pluralism (and no doubt the public sector to deploy it) what hes always dreamed of .I have had other dreams where local economies sustain themselves , people know there contries history and value it. people who work , make the wealth and not finance organisations running optimisation gambling equations . Imports are limited , the pound is in the pocket/sensible banks and Brussels occasionally meets for diplomatic concensus and not a federal totalitarian socialist plan . Stable prices , organic farming home growing, where a couple on £25k can buy a semi outright on a repayment mortage , where internet trade does not allow wealth to exit the country in a never ending flow to the more corrupt countries . Where supermarkets dont eradicate , small business retail trades .Where you can have personal information privacy and live/work in a real community and not a synthetic cyber one.Where christianity is taught in schools and they can figure out Dawkins when they get to 18 , and sex education is taught at secondary school and not before .

perhaps the problem is information is proganda and vica versa and society is being undone because we are forced to be see everything , losing certain degress of functionality as it litterally becomes all in the mind .

Churchill was perhaps prophetic when he said "the next wars will be fought in empires of the mind" .

I not only withdraw also but quite fancy a nice croft on the isle of Jura in a notrious wifi blackspot and some goats for company as figuring this out means rubbishing my childhood and no politician should have that sort of power !

of course I shouldnt mind change , modernity is always with us , but the change that will be wrought when we no longer tell our stories read them to our children try and work to improve family or quote the bible or make respectfull prayer , will be far too surperflous/maladroit for me .

I still intend to stay in shape though even if not allowed to speak ,winston was after all 65yrs old when his time arrived !

12 May 2010 at 03:18  
Anonymous Tony B said...

Let's hope for more compassion than Thatcher showed, at least. I think that's the best we can expect.

12 May 2010 at 06:58  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

What a pity Mr Cameron failed to take Lord Tebbit’s advice.

Cuts! Cuts! Cuts! (To clear up the Socialist mess.): and pay the European Union billions.

And so, the Tory Party returns in the popular imagination to the Nasty Party.

John Prescott is delighted.

Now the Tory Party is unlikely to be re-elected for a generation: short term gain; long term pain.

So what do we do on the Tory Right presuming that the Tories do not gain power again for decades to come?

12 May 2010 at 08:12  
Blogger Gnostic said...

D. Singh: "So what do we do on the Tory Right presuming that the Tories do not gain power again for decades to come?"

Vote UKIP ;0)

12 May 2010 at 08:36  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

You wrote that Cameron must espouse ‘the rule of law’.

What does this principle mean in the governance of 21st century Great Britain and Northern Ireland?

My old paperback law dictionary defines it as:

1. The supremacy of law.
2. A feature attributed to the UK constitution by Professor Dicey (Law of the Constitution, 1885).

It embodied three concepts: the absolute predominance of regular law, so that the government has no arbitrary authority over the citizen; the equal subjection of all (including officials) to the ordinary law administered by the ordinary courts; and the fact that the citizen’s personal freedoms are formulated and protected by the ordinary law rather than by abstract constitutional declarations.

Under that definition we cannot be governed by the rule of law: vis the Lisbon Treaty.

Therefore, we live in Con-Dem nation.

12 May 2010 at 09:25  
Blogger Graham Davis said...

A surprisingly upbeat reaction from most posting here with the exception of a few backwoodsmen (they know who they are).

As Mathew Taylor said this morning it’s a bit like a marriage between two people who none of us even new were friends let alone engaged. Cooperation in politics between parties with widely differing philosophies is new to us although elsewhere it works; footballers who ferociously compete against each other in the league may be playing together for England a few days later.

If it works the LibDems will get PR anyway, if it fails they will be blamed for supporting the Tories and slip back into a distant third place. There doesn’t seem to be much in it for the Tories but after all what was the alternative? There does seem to be a lot of genuine goodwill on both sides and I for one wish them the best.

12 May 2010 at 09:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can it be true. PR for the House of Lords??

Cameron really has sold off too much.

12 May 2010 at 09:57  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

Your Grace, whilst I have my doubts about this new alliance and whilst I initally opposed it, I would say we need to give it a fair crack of the whip. Let's see how they do and then make up our minds.

Personally what made me think like this was the prospect of a Mandelson/Campbell coup. Thankfully it didn't work.

12 May 2010 at 10:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would simply remind Cranmer of his own words from just a few months ago:

"Perhaps we should thank God that these illiberal undemocrats don’t have a hope in hell of ever forming the next Government.

Can you imagine what darkness and devils would descend upon the nation during five years of a Labour-LibDem coalition?

And why does David Laws style himself ‘Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families’?

Who made them Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition?

Liberal Democrats are but shadows to the Shadows: they strut and fret their hour upon the stage, and then are heard no more.

Thank God."

http://archbishop-cranmer.blogspot.com/2010/03/david-laws-on-faith-schools-and-liberal.html

12 May 2010 at 10:11  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Even a backwoods(wo)man understands that rats debating how to stay in power without a mandate for the next five years has sod all to do with tackling Neu Arbeit's mess and putting the nation first.

If they want a mandate let's see them earn it. Shabby backroom deals ain't going to cut it.

12 May 2010 at 10:23  
Anonymous circus monkey said...

Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12 May 2010 at 11:06  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

I agree with Ms Gnostic.

Occasionally this backwoodsman comes out into the sun, blinking and confused. I have my moments of clarity, and wonder who voted for what we have now got -- given to us in the name of democracy.

Who among you voted for four-year fixed-term parliaments? What will this monstrosity do to the motion of confidence and the ability of Parliament to throw out a government? Geniuses such as Willaim Hague (how are the mighty fallen?) will be well aware of anomalies of this sort, but went ahead and supported them anyway simply to slither into Downing Street and Whitehall.

First, Blair's constitutional tinkering; now yet another body-blow to the way this country is governed. We are turning into Belgium. And somehow we are expected to rejoice that Cameron has entered No. 10.

12 May 2010 at 11:13  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

Mr Anonymous (10:11), you missed out Cranny's most pointed comment in the post you quoted:

'If this policy is ‘clear’, Cranmer is a peanut.'

Presumably, Cranny, since Cameron is reported to be giving a cabinet post to David Laws, tipped by the BBC to be Education Secretary, you would be a roasted peanut?

12 May 2010 at 11:58  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

Meanehile. in Sweden :-

Swedish Cartoonist Lars Vilks - Attacked in University Lecture.

12 May 2010 at 12:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YG
So we move from the Rotten Parliament to the Unprincipled Parliament.
We have a leader who broke his promise over a European referendum, now promising a Referendum on changing the voting system, for which, the electorate did not give support,as the vote for the Lib/Dems shows.

Let us hope this political stitch-up does not last

12 May 2010 at 12:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cranmer:

This sounds right up your street?

http://conservativehome.blogs.com/centreright/2010/05/the-eu-really-is-a-new-religion.html

12 May 2010 at 13:38  
Anonymous LovelyRita said...

Wow! This election really was historic! I find that my cynicism has melted, maybe it’s wishful thinking and naivety but I genuinely feel excited. We have a whole new generation in charge after all those years with the Boomers running things. As the Independent predicted last week (http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/jonathan-pontell-cleggs-rise-is-the-sound-of-generation-jones-clearing-its-throat-1961191.html) “the torch has been passed” from the Boomers to Generation Jones. Cameron, Clegg, and a big chunk of the new Cabinet and Parliament are all GenJonesers, I don’t think there could have been an alliance if Boomers were still running the parties and it will be interesting to see how this generational change affects things.

12 May 2010 at 13:59  
Anonymous PJ said...

At first I thought this coalition may be a good thing but after some research it has become clear that Clegg and Alexander are ridicolously pro Eu http://synonblog.dailymail.co.uk/2010/04/connect-the-eurodots-clegg-alexandercia.html.

These men now have senior positions on the cabinet!

12 May 2010 at 16:57  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

Major's government was torn apart over the EU.

And so, Con-DemNation will be torn apart by the EU.

And in June there is the EU Summit.

The script has been written.

The stage has been built.

The actors have entered.

'O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention,...'

12 May 2010 at 17:05  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Come on Lads! Remember who we are!

WE BELIEVE!

We conservatives are for freedom; they the Con-Dems are for coercion.
We stand for personal responsibility; they are for State responsibility.
We stand upon Magna Carta, the 1688 Bill of Rights and the Common Law (the people’s law); they are for the Central Command of Brussels and its repressive Directives.
We are for liberty, security and freedom; they surrendered our nation under the Lisbon Treaty.
We believe that all men are made in the image of God and therefore deserve equality before the law; they believe in the class interest.
We believe that our parliamentarians have our delegated sovereignty; they believe, once in power, they are sovereign.
We believe that parliament should debate the measures that affect all our lives; they believe in the EU Directive and the regulations issued without debate.
We believe in limited government; they believe that the State is the Father of the Peoples.
We believe in equality of opportunity, so that all men may pursue liberty, security and freedom; they believe in one-size-fits-all.
We believe that our rights come from God; they believe rights are granted as a gift from the State on Monday morning and terminated by Friday evening.
We believe in the traditional family as the cornerstone of community; they believe in the communal squat.
We believe and have faith in things not yet seen, that this once great nation will be free one day and take its place among the family of free nations; they believe in ever closer union with the fascist EU.
We believe in helping any friend, standing with any ally and opposing any foe; they believe in apology, appeasement and capitulation.
We believe that government should fear the righteous anger of the people; they believe the people should fear the State.
We, conservatives, believe!
We stand!
We fight!

12 May 2010 at 17:11  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Graham Davis : re' ''backwoodsmen'' - in times of trouble why is it that so many 'head for the hills' - could it be that there is a certain 'wisdom' to old habits?

My, but isn't it all deeply fascinating! A mingling of fear and anticipation - this beats the hell out of TV 'soaps' for once; one just couldn't make it up if one tried! What drama! I just hope it's not merely the 'Theatre of the Absurd'...


Mind you, regardless of what happens next, it was worth it just to see the departure of 'Incapability Brown' ... I would have prefered the hurtling of a few brimming chamber-pots; modern conveniences have much to answer for!

12 May 2010 at 17:17  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

Ah the happy couple going into No 10

Cameron in bed with a harlot

Cleggy says we have listened to the people and formed a government, talk about out of touch with reality. They even have the nerve to offer a referendum before giving any more powers away to an EU that probably won't last much longer than Cameron living on Downing street. Dave will pay for his EU stance, sit back watch the collapse of the EUrozone and the end of all credibility to mainstream politics in Britain.

Signed: Yahuda Tunkit

12 May 2010 at 18:31  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Well said Mr. Singh, et Al. Glad to see so many of us follow the official admonition and suffer together - in the silence of cyberspace!

My own problem is buzzwords, especially 'Backwoodsmen" and "Grassroots." Whenever I ask the meaning, some invincibly superior neu aristocrat (Jones or Boomer) flaps a fin and explains, "Backwoodsmen," or "Grassroots."

'Irregardless':) - Oswin, I trust you're holding on to that bunker; I may eventually ask to take up your earlier generous offer! Onomastics and the family nose both reference my strand of Anglianism, so language shouldn't be a problem.

Meanwhile, before Con-Dem nation takes effect, a reminder to our masters: about pounds and payment of debts and kings - however petty:

The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest, it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown.
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute in God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice.... (MV: 4.1.184-197)

12 May 2010 at 20:13  
Blogger D. Singh said...

no nonny

Wow!

What a brilliant quote!

I just wish I had your memory-recall!

Outstanding!

12 May 2010 at 20:33  
Blogger D. Singh said...

no nonny

It is The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare?

Am I correct?

12 May 2010 at 20:36  
Blogger D. Singh said...

no nonny

You are a brilliant academic.

Which univeristy?

Who are you?

12 May 2010 at 20:44  
Blogger D. Singh said...

no nonny

Why dost thou remain silent?

12 May 2010 at 20:49  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Och!

Thine eyes speak with 'speechless messages'.

12 May 2010 at 20:56  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Of course you're right,about the play Mr. Singh! It's Portia's famous plea for the Defendant: about Justice and the Pound of Flesh. [Though why my edition classifies it as Comedy puzzles me; possibly they think the ending is happy.]

********

Ah but you are as wise as His Grace about provenance: and surely that cuts both ways too!!

God Bless.

12 May 2010 at 21:10  
Blogger D. Singh said...

no nonny

Indeed; it does.

Forgive me.

12 May 2010 at 21:14  
Anonymous martin sewell said...

Few can deny that DC has reached his position after many trials and tribulations, having been written off along the way by many of diverse opinion. He has worked with purpose determination and amazing energy over this last week.

He has not been overly generous to the Lib Dems whilst showing a degree of imagination. They have received that which they might reasonably ask in the circumstances
but do not be under any illusion, the overall priorities remain and there are reasonable grounds for optimism.

The most interesting thing to watch
is the developing relationship between the two leaders. It is adding to my growing sense that when God wants something done, He does not tend to send manifestos - he sends people.

Maybe we shall see positive good coming out of a positive relationship between erstwhile enemies. If Madela and
De Klerk, could do it, if Paisley and McGuiness could manage it, if Obama and Hilary can reconcile, why not Cameron and Clegg?

12 May 2010 at 21:55  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Nothing to forgive, good Sir. Pax.

Sorry for my mistake in the text, btw. That should read:
"It is an attribute to God himself."

12 May 2010 at 23:03  
OpenID manicbeancounter said...

Your Grace,

You are quite right to say

"All that we need now is a vision.

And that vision must be one of compassion"

It will take a great deal of tough compassion to cut the deficit. It is easy to dole out more and more money to fulfill every perceived need. It is far more difficult to say no, or to cut expenditures on the least needy to maintain those on the most needy.

13 May 2010 at 20:33  

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