Friday, May 07, 2010

Stalemate, impasse, deadlock, limbo...

They were elected as New Labour, and they promised to govern as New Labour.

They didn't.

They did exactly what Old Labour have always done: bankrupted the country and brought us to the brink of a national crisis.

And the man responsible for a decade of economic inefficiency and fiscal incompetence as Chancellor of the Exchequer became Her Majesty’s First Lord of the Treasury.

He was never elected as Prime Minister: he was distrusted by the majority of the nation, criticised by his own Chancellor, loathed by his own ministers and despised by many of his backbenchers.

Labour took us to war on a false premise; they replaced Cabinet government with a politburo; diminished democracy; marginalised Parliament; admitted three million immigrants; saddled us with recession and soaring unemployment; given us the highest youth unemployment in history; eroded our liberties; abolished the right to trial by jury; raped the Constitution; politicised the civil service; sold off our gold reserves at the bottom of the market; raided our pensions; subjected us to the Lisbon Treaty; relegated us from 7th to 24th in international maths and literacy rankings; increased pensioner poverty; increased inequality; caused fascists to be elected to Brussels; massively increased our tax burden; imposed an incredible 5000 new laws; created an authoritarian state and thoroughly debased our politics.

After 13 long years of extravagant spending, sinister social engineering, welfare expansion, uncontrolled immigration, endless fiddling with the electoral system, unparalleled electoral fraud, grotesque state encroachment into private lives and personal affairs and now a devalued currency, Labour proved to be the most stunningly incompetent government in the history of the United Kingdom (and God knows there are quite a few to choose from), and the most ideologically illiberal, oppressive and anti-Christian in centuries.

Against this backdrop, you would have thought that the Conservative Party might have been on course for an electoral landslide.

A year ago, they were on course for a resounding victory. Polls were consistently showing a 10-point lead over Labour, and did so for a convincing period of time.

And yet we ended up with a hung parliament, a dead heat, a score draw.


David Cameron won exactly the same proportion of the vote as Ted Heath won in 1974.

How can this be?

What is there worth sustaining in this Labour Government? What is remotely attractive about voting for another 5 years (FIVE YEARS) of Gordon Brown, Peter Mandelson, Ed Balls and Harpy Hormone?

New Labour abandoned their Christian foundations long ago; they cast aside all that may ever have been true, noble and good and supplanted it with duplicity, avarice and the stench of sleaze. Their principles were shredded, and their sense of righteous morality pulped and recycled as an idol to every god in the firmament but the One who is known. Labour became the party of war, the party of torture, the party of exploitation and the party of deception. They rewarded the thieves and fraudsters with ‘rights’ while penalising the law-abiding and responsible. Their achievements have been molehills, judged against the towering peaks scaled by New Labour in its rejection not only of Labour, but of any decent and civilised values.

New Labour long ceased to be civilised, for they lost their vision of the meaning of this civility. They are no longer good, for it has lost sight of the common good by inflicting us with a plethora of uncommon relativist goods. The recession may be global, but it is New Labour’s fault that the United Kingdom is the worst-placed nation in the western world to cope with its effects. They became the embodiment of that for which they always despised the Conservatives: Labour became the party of unemployment, recession, inflation, and poverty.

Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.

Cranmer had faith in David Cameron.

And he achieved some quite remarkable swings - some vastly more impressive than any achieved by the Party over the past 80 years.

But he did not deliver a victory.

It was always going to be a mountain to climb, but perhaps this moment calls for a moment of reflection and a little humility.

Some 'A-list' candidates have behaved appallingly to their local associations and on occasion displayed an alarming degree of arrogance. And they did so with the indulgence of CCHQ and the Party leadership. Some evidently took victory for granted and failed to put in the necessary hours, if ever they knew how. Others decided to talk endlessly about their very good friends Dave and Sam, but never bothered to earn their spurs in the mind-numbing tedium of local politics.

It is not only local Conservative associations which resent having candidates foisted upon them: the electorate evidently objects also. Margaret Thatcher once observed that you can't buck the market: David Cameron needs to realise that you can't buck the people.

Perhaps the Conservative Party needs to mend some fences with their ‘Turnip Taliban’, the ‘dinosaurs’ and their ‘backwoodsmen’.

It is one thing to reach out to the ‘middle ground’, but quite another to do it at the expense of one’s core vote. The Party leadership might just consider that these turnips, dinosaurs and backwoodsmen are not all out-of-touch, anachronistic eccentrics, but often intelligent and discerning individuals possessing of more conservative philosophy in their little fingers than some of the Party’s key strategists appear to manifest in their entire beings.

Those who have consistently and unwaveringly voted for the Conservative Party have done so because they are conservatives. They have the innate intelligence to see beyond the superficial, anodyne and banal. Their notion of diversity is more than skin deep: it is not dependent on gender, ethnicity, sexuality or disability, but on profession, achievement, religion, philosophy and worldview. The shifting sands of a nebulous and platitudinous ecumenical ‘broad appeal’ are no substitute for the rock of the ‘broad church’ laity.

Not least because all attempts by a centralist cabal of Notting Hill clerics to re-build the great Conservative broad church upon a foundation of shifting sand have had the inevitable consequences.


Anonymous Mark Blades said...

I'm kind of wondering why you didn't write this BEFORE the election?

7 May 2010 at 07:41  
Anonymous kim, Cheshire. said...

absolutely spot on.

7 May 2010 at 07:42  
Anonymous Henry Mayhew said...

I don't disagree with one jot or tittle of your piece.

However, I do commiserate with the hard-working, genuine, Tory candidates.

7 May 2010 at 07:52  
Blogger Jess The Dog said...

This is a Labour defeat, nothing less. A Labour led governmentwill be illegitimate, illegal, a dictstorship, and should be resisted and overthrown.

7 May 2010 at 08:09  
Blogger Graham Davis said...

Disaster! Calamity! No not the General Election results but the turmoil in the Bond markets with the Dow dropping 1000 points at one stage overnight. The Greece effect is temporarily at least making the UK economic prospects look quite good.

Back home my prediction that Vince Cable would be chancellor in a coalition government seems somewhat off the mark (ok I mean ridiculous).

The election result however does give the hung parliament doom mongers some ammunition. If the LibDems had polled a third of the vote as seemed possible at one time, a coalition with either the Tories or Labour might have offered stability as well as much needed reform, but this has not happened.

If Cameron is able to form a minority government then let’s hope he will have to abandon some of his more absurd policies like Big Society. The idea of Sharia based Islamic Free Schools doesn’t appeal much.

One result that I am sure will not have passed your notice, Evan Harris, a fellow NSS member was ousted, fortunately having steered the Blasphemy bill through parliament just in time, however our most prominent secularist MP is no more.

7 May 2010 at 08:44  
Blogger Manfarang said...

The truth is,given the economy and all the other things, the Conservatives should have swept the board.
Clearly the Conservative leader is inept.The UCUNF deal in Northern Ireland is just one example of this.From having one Ulster Unionist MP they have gone to zero.
Anyway the Methodists in East Belfast knew what they had to do.

7 May 2010 at 08:49  
Blogger Graham Davis said...

Cranmer said...

The Party leadership might just consider that these turnips, dinosaurs and backwoodsmen are not all out-of-touch, anachronistic eccentrics, but often intelligent and discerning individuals possessing of more conservative philosophy in their little fingers than some of the Party’s key strategists appear to manifest in their entire beings.

Maybe they are as you describe but like CofE churchgoers they are old and do not look like being replaced by a new generation of likeminded folks. You hanker for a world, whatever its qualities may have been, that has little resonance with the coming generations.

7 May 2010 at 08:53  
Anonymous Mark Blades said...

Further to my earlier post.
There's more than a small whiff of hypocrisy about today's blog.

Cranmer writes about, 'intelligent and discerning individuals possessing of more conservative philosophy in their little fingers..'

I totally agree with that statement and I especially think he is describing many of his own loyal readership when he writes that.

So, the question remains: why wasn't he writing these kinds of sentiments BEFORE the election, instead of urging everyone to vote for this not-the-Conservative Party?

I also wonder what he might have written had Cameron won an outright majority? The attitudes displayed by the leadership, including Cameron's own disgraceful behaviour towards Philip Lardner, were either so true as to deserve criticism BEFORE the election or they should not be criticized at all.

Ironically- and here is a true example of irony considering Cranmer's own stance regarding Roman Catholicism and his deselection as a prospective Tory MP because of it - one of the people giving us an authentic Christian/conservative perspective of the Tory Party under Cameron over the last few months has been the Catholic, Gerald Warner, of the Telegraph.

I won't hold my breath, but, can we expect a little less partisan blogging in the future?

7 May 2010 at 09:31  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Message received Mr Cameron?

Time for real conservatives to take back their party...

7 May 2010 at 09:43  
Blogger Revd John P Richardson said...

The obvious question - if Labour are so awful, why did so many people vote for them? Are they stupid, perverse or wicked? Or is there some other explanation - eg that Labour nevertheless delivers what they want? What exactly is your typical Labour voter like?

7 May 2010 at 09:58  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Mark Blades,

Your criticism is as petty and flawed as your superficial consideration and your partial observation.

7 May 2010 at 10:00  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Your Grace

This is not the time to turn on Cameron, and there is more than a whiff of that in these posts. Iron discipline is required in the period before the Queen's speech on 25th May. The ball is in Brown's court and he must return the serve with his double partner Mandelson ready to trip him. Labour will be shocked by their losses and must be given every chance to collapse into civil war. If Brown resign's after a weekend's reflection that he has had enough, the self-destruction of Labour may follow.

7 May 2010 at 10:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A Labour led government will be illegitimate, illegal, a dictstorship[sic],"

Er, no it wouldn't.

7 May 2010 at 10:07  
Blogger Young Mr. Brown said...

Mr Richardson asks good questions, as ever, to which I will venture my guesses.

"The obvious question - if Labour are so awful, why did so many people vote for them? Are they stupid, perverse or wicked?"

Mostly the first two, but I wouldn't rule out the third. The trumping of common grace by total depravity, or something like that.

"Or is there some other explanation - eg that Labour nevertheless delivers what they want?"

Like rather a lot of public sector jobs, for example?

But as for Your Grace, I have my own question:

"Cranmer had faith in David Cameron.

Er, why?

7 May 2010 at 10:11  
Blogger OldSlaughter said...

Your ability to distil is quite something your Grace.

Is it really a surprise that thre triangulation centrists hang around a third of the vote each?

7 May 2010 at 10:16  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Young Mr Brown,


7 May 2010 at 10:17  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

Because he is pathologically incapable of doing anything else. If it were a dog you would have it put down.

7 May 2010 at 10:20  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...


7 May 2010 at 10:22  
Blogger OldSlaughter said...

MY argument for a straight bat.

7 May 2010 at 10:27  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

LOL - it sounded better.

Jesus - Clegg has just announced that the Conservatives have the right form the government.

7 May 2010 at 10:43  
Anonymous opsimath said...

A fine piece of analysis, Mr Cranmer. We all knew the left would try to subvert the election and it looks as if they have got away with it. A sad day for the UK to be sure.

But, as our American cousins say, In God We Trust. Right will prevail and we will, one day if not today, be free.

God be with you, Mr Cranmer.

7 May 2010 at 10:48  
Blogger Fader Johannes said...

Your holiness. For me, as a foreigner reading and enjoying your thoughts on politics and religion, I must say your analysis seems to be spot on. However, the problem seems to be a deep crisis in all of Europe. The lack of understandning that ideology actually outweights and outperforms issues in the long run. In my native Sweden, issues are the issue, ideologies are not. That is now leading to the destruction of many things in our civilization - matrimony, the role of families, education and the goverments role in society. If the political discussion here would have been deeper and more ideological, some of this madness might have been avoided. Cameron has not been very ideological. Alas, he won, but lost even more!

7 May 2010 at 12:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now is the time for a referendum amongst the English on the question of Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish independence.

7 May 2010 at 12:34  
Blogger Ginro said...

I have to say, in my area it is a Labour stronghold (worse luck) but if only half of those that had voted UKIP had actually voted Conservative instead, for the first time ever it would have become a Conservative seat. Up here, UKIP really did do more harm than good.

7 May 2010 at 12:38  
Blogger at frame said...

How many votes did the Conservatives squander in Scotland throught their, yes, disgraceful treatment of Philip Larder? And Annabel Goldie's performance on STV - trotting out the same answer to every question was astonishingly unwise (stupid?).

7 May 2010 at 12:38  
Anonymous John Lancaster said...

I find it absolutely “un-British” that having lost some 100 seats, GB and his disgraced cohorts still maintain they have a mandate to govern. What horrible people they are, utterly corrupted by power. As true Brits (I know Nick’s mother is Dutch!) in the spirit of moving forward in a positive way, I am sure Nick and Dave could exercise the English virtue of compromise and agree a modus operandi and form a “coalition of the nice”, and consign New Labour to the dustbin of history. I would suffer Con-Lib tax rises and endure economic sacrifice more readily than under a worn-out, morally bankrupt and thoroughly unpleasant lot that have just been shown the door.
I am a staunch admirer of Your Grace's blog - please continue, you have my mandate!

7 May 2010 at 12:51  
Blogger English Viking said...

Good grief, it didn't take long to get the knife out, did it, Your Grace?

You have spent at least the last 2 months explaining why people like me are completely wrong, and people like Cast Iron Dave are completely right, and we Christians should all vote for the vacuous, mendacious, deceptive and shallow Non-Con party, even though scripture clearly says we should not, but less than 12 hours after the nation reject the pro-gay, pro-muslim, anti-Christian party, you slate its leader in classic style.

Mr Mark Blades,

Your criticism is spot on. Take no notice of him, he's a bit grumpy because Call Me Dave made a complete mess of it all.

Jared Gaites,

If it were a dog, I'd kick it.

7 May 2010 at 13:20  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr English Viking,

You are evidently as unaware as Mr Mark Blades.

7 May 2010 at 13:22  
Anonymous WannabeAnglican said...

The tepid result certainly does not reflect well on the British people, on the millions of immigrants with which Labour has stuffed the UK, or on Cameron. After decades of predation by the Left, a majority vote for the two Leftist parties??

A sad day for Britain.

7 May 2010 at 13:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace

This is the worst result for our party since 1974 (under Heath).

Let there be a Lib-Lab coalition government.

We must now prepare for a second General Election – the ‘Mother of all General Elections.’

It will not be won under Cameron.

It will be a landslide victory for the Conservatives.

Cameron has to go.

The Man from the Right is coming.

7 May 2010 at 13:30  
Anonymous The Ancient said...

When Tories run as wets, it always ends in tears.

7 May 2010 at 13:43  
Blogger Bryan said...

Mark Blades said...
"I'm kind of wondering why you didn't write this BEFORE the election?"

Um, what blog have you been reading? Apparently reading comprehension skills aren't doing so well in British Schools either.

7 May 2010 at 14:11  
Anonymous Zach Johnstone said...

Your Grace,

Thoroughly depressing. I should have just slept. However the campaign in which I have been working for the past four or five months, Warwick and Leamington, was a huge success. A notional Labour majority of 5,000 is now a 3,000 Tory majority, with an 85% turnout.

Couldn't have hoped for a great deal more...

...except for us not to have been gifted national political purgatory.

7 May 2010 at 14:13  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

This is were I am up to right now.

Yesterday I voted for Plaid Cymru instead of UKIP, and they both performed dismally. So what is the point I ask myself? If there was a snap re election I would vote Conservative just to get it over with.

I mean what are we faced with? The LibDems crashed - BNP crashed - UKIP crashed (quite literally). Sod it and let the Tories do their worse. We can only hope for the best now, and after 13 years of Labour bollocks it seems obvious to me after last night that the Tories are the next destiny for this twisted and bent nation. I do not have great confidence in them, but we have been playing red and blue flip flop for all these years now and the people have learnt nothing.

What the hell is this country going to look like in ten years time? Christ only knows, but I have a feeling that there will be nothing conservative about it what ever happens.

Woof Woof - Yelp!

7 May 2010 at 14:18  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

David Cameron should NOT take the poisonous challis and govern with the lib dems. He would do best to leave it to the Lab/Lib Dem coalition who will, with their stupidity invoke disaster and the much needed vote of no confidence within a year and a half to two years I feel. Thereby giving rise to a new leader who will take office in a landslide victory.

7 May 2010 at 14:19  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

I know how much you wanted the Tories to do well, Your Grace. If it’s any consolation, I believe this is the best election to lose we have ever had. Let Labour earn the undying hatred of the country as it tries to clear up the mess it has made. The tax rises, the spending cuts, the unemployment—let Labour take the blame. If the Tories have any sense, they’ll remain on the Opposition benches. Update: Cameron is trying to form a government. Sense must be in short supply in the Conservative Party.

7 May 2010 at 14:47  
Anonymous Mikec said...

As soon as the Tories decide to take the UK out of the EU, and thus give our country back to its people, it will get my vote.

I cannot and will not vote for a party that compromises on our sovereignty

7 May 2010 at 14:58  
Anonymous Mark Blades said...

Bryan said regarding my post, 'Apparently reading comprehension skills aren't doing so well in British Schools either.'[sic]

How do you know I'm British, Bryan?

If you want to say that you think Cranmer has been posting similar articles over the last few months to the one he posted today, then please quote some examples. My own perception is that he has been partisan and has been silent when he should have been critical-and particularly about the sacking of Philip Lardner. You may disagree, that is your right.

But, don't think that just because Cranmer uses insulting words in responding to criticism that it's the right way to behave.

I don't think the use of sarcasm is appropriate for a professing Christian, as you claim to be.
For that reason I'll refrain from saying that American bible reading skills don't seem to be particularly evident today.

Instead, I'll say, 'May God bless both you and Mr. Cranmer'

7 May 2010 at 15:14  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Mark Blades,

Similar articles? You want similar, do you?

If you bothered to read this blog regularly instead of selecting articles which simply support your own biased view, you might have read His Grace's post of 3 March 2010.

Is that similar enough?

Is it?

Will you now apologise?

Will you now retract your false allegations?

Will you, as the Christian you profess to be, admit that you have falsely accused His Grace, libeled him and defamed his reputation?

Will you concede that your own bigotry has led you to sin?

His Grace does not use insulting words in response to criticism when that criticism is justified. Yours is not. It stems, as His Grace has now established irrefutably, from your own impetuous superficiality.

God bless you too.

7 May 2010 at 15:30  
Anonymous circus monkey said...

I am furious with my fellow Scots for propping up this morally and intellectually bankrupt government. They (Scots) have become infantilised. They have allowed Labour's lies to turn the Tories into bogey men to scare their kids with.

7 May 2010 at 16:00  
Anonymous Mark Blades said...

Are you serious? I don't think I've ever read such pomposity.

You think I have 'defamed your reputation'? You give my witterings far too much weight of importance, or perhaps it's because you regard your own scribblings far too highly. This is a blog, for goodness sake. People have all kinds of opinions.

Whatever the truth, I shall read the piece you wrote about and get back to you later. Now, I have work to do. However, I hardly regard one singular piece to be proof positive of your case.

Besides, I wasn't talking to you but to Bryan.

7 May 2010 at 16:02  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Mark Blades,

Pomposity is what you do very well.

Your prejudiced ignorance is quite astonishing.

Read the article, every damn word of it. Read it very, very carefully. Your first contribution to this thread, shooting off as you usually do in your own self-righteous, smug manner, was a criticism of His Grace for not saying all this BEFORE (your capitals) the election.

Go on. Read it. Every word. See if it similar enough for you. It only takes one article to refute your false allegation, though there are very many more. Unfortunately, you are blind to them because they do not accord with your own petty prejudice and - dare one say - bigoted bias.

And have the courtesy and integrity to at least examine the evidence before you offer further insults and misrepresentations.

7 May 2010 at 16:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is Mugabe Brown going to resign, a question been asked for three years now, yet still no sign of it happening.

He was unelected before and now he is rejected officially by the electorate, yet the man makes annnouncements as our PM!

Your post is spot on Cranny, the Tories cannot make inroads against the voting power Mugabe Brown has imported, ontop of the disdain many still feel for them, Camerons comprehensive offer should be a laugh. I wonder, will he cherry pick policies from across the political spectrum of everything the EU wants.

Austerity measures here we come, the poll tax riots and flying picket days will seem like childs play in comparison.

At all costs the Eurozone must live, so start counting the cost and I am talking in lives here.

Signed: Greta Piqetur

7 May 2010 at 16:46  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Rev John P Richardson

"The obvious question - if Labour are so awful, why did so many people vote for them? Are they stupid, perverse or wicked? Or is there some other explanation - eg that Labour nevertheless delivers what they want? What exactly is your typical Labour voter like?"

7 May 2010 09:58

The changing face of Britain has been reflected in the voting and a typical Labour voter these days is probably someone from another continent along with the two generations of their offspring.

I wonder to what effect fraudulent voting for Labour had?

7 May 2010 at 16:51  
Blogger English Viking said...

Your Grace,

I tried to read the article you highlight to Mark Blades, but was unable to find it. Not all the entries are dated.

I take you at your word, in that I believe that the said post must have expressed criticism of Cameron or the Con party, but you really are stretching things if you wish to portray this blog to have been anything but outrageously partisan in favour of Cameron the Liar and the non-Con party in the run-up to this election.

Don't be disappointed that the Cons did not get into a position to continue the destruction initiated by the Labour scum; they'll get another chance when the coalition goes belly up, assuming the riots have subsided by then.

Have a very large scotch, that usually helps.

7 May 2010 at 16:54  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr English Viking, Mr Blades,

For ease, the article is HERE

or cut and paste this:

7 May 2010 at 17:05  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr English Viking,

His Grace is not stretching anything.

Mark Blades' assault was quite specific - 'whiff of hypocrisy', blah, blah, for not saying all this BEFORE the election. And please note he attacks His Grace's sincerity and faith for failing to do so.

In fact, His Grace said every single word. And a whole lot more. Mark Blades' problem is his own profoundly un-Christian prejudice.

7 May 2010 at 17:10  
Anonymous Oswin said...

You couldn't make this stuff up even if you tried!

The Lib-Dems get hammered, but are asked for their help in forming a government. Perversely they are now in a beter position than if they had gained twenty seats!

'How to win by losing' it's a catchy title; but will it sell???

7 May 2010 at 17:23  
Anonymous Tony B said...

The Conservatives told us a vote for Clegg was a vote for Brown. Now it seems they are determined that a vote for Clegg should be a vote for Cameron - and some people think our system isn't broken?

7 May 2010 at 17:28  
Blogger Damo Mackerel said...

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6:12

7 May 2010 at 17:53  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

@ Revd John P Richardson (09:58)—What exactly is your typical Labour voter like?

The ‘Black and Minority Ethnic Survey’, conducted by MORI following the 2005 general election, provides some answers.

Labour received 80% of the Caribbean & African vote, 56% of the Indian, 50% of the Pakistani, and 41% of the Bangladeshi vote.

The Conservatives received 2-3% of the Caribbean & African vote, 11% of the Indian, 11% of the Pakistani, and 9% of the Bangladeshi vote.

7 May 2010 at 18:04  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Johnny Rottenborough.....oooh, you naughty boy!

...and the rest of the demented wee scunners are Scots! (see circus monkey at 16.00)

There you go Revd John P Richardson, that should serve you to be going on with.

7 May 2010 at 18:23  
Anonymous IanCad said...

I'm flying back to the UK today feeling just a little more hopeful. It may be a year or two but under new leadership and an articulate platform the Conservatives will surely regain control. That they cou.ldn't win against the current regime is evidence of their total incompetence

7 May 2010 at 18:30  
Blogger Lakester91 said...

I believe that this result may well be a God-send. Perhaps literally.

We have made our voice heard: Labour have been destroyed; they now have NO seats in the South-East. The Liberals have been slapped in the proverbial face; their everything to everyone policies have been comprehensively rejected. Finally, we have the Conservatives. We have shown that we want them as our Government, but not so fully that we are willing to give them absolute power. They have been punished for diluting their morality; they have been punished for diluting their faith; they have been punished for diluting their ideology. If we had given them a majority, then they would have taken it as a message that we are fine with them as they are. Our message is that they have a lot of work to do to gain our trust (especially after Thatcher).

Labour's plans to destroy our country so they could rebuild it as a Marxist dystopia have been scuppered. The Liberal plan to take advantage of the weak parties to further their own anti-democratic policies have been scuppered.

For this we should be truly thankful. Whatever problems a coalition/minority Government might have are short term. The long term message is the right one.

7 May 2010 at 19:02  
Anonymous Katy said...

Your Grace,

Please get some rest! It is not like you to rise to the bait of the ill-informed, in spite of personal insults. I can only assume it's the all-nighter you pulled.

I went to bed around 12.15 and got back up at 3.30 - that saved me listening to the phrase 'exit polls' fifty-million times. I then gave up at 6.45 when the result for the constituency in which I unhappily live was announced; in spite of hard work and a local Conservative candidate, and all predictions to the contrary, the irresponsible Labour MP we've had for 13 years whose presided over the complete decline of the local economy got back in with an even bigger majority. I could cry. Are people mad?

On a brighter note, Philip Davies increased his majority from 400 to a spit short of 10,000 - and Labour honestly thought they were going to win.

7 May 2010 at 19:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace,

I agree with your assement. The trouble is that Cameron was trying to do an Obama, which was out of step with the people on this occasion.

However, conservatives always 'trust the people'. It is pity that brown does not and in his typical way refuses to go, even when he scores a Foot like share of the vote, helped in seats by the gerrymandering of our electoral system. The man has no dignity and thinks it would be acceptable if we were led by a coalition of the loosers. How pathetic.

Should the Tories give the liberals all their dreams of PR? No. They were also rejected by the people. Cameron should form a minority government, get some backbone and lead this country back to the greatness of old.

I do not think it is wrong to loyally support your party and then give a verdict after the election.

I feel that the criticism of you by others, is a bit bad, given that they never actually state who they support (if any).

The most funny part of the blades/cranny exchange was went blades asked for a little less partisan blogging in future. Well, old cock, this isn't the BBC and isn't funded with lavish taxpayers support. Stick that in you pipe and smoke it!

7 May 2010 at 19:38  
Anonymous Anguished Soul said...

Odd about the postal votes, Your Grace. Even odder about the fiasco surrounding voters not able to vote and locked out at 10pm. Not enough voting slips to go round? What is going on? Me smells a whiff of corruption, or is it just an old system creaking at the seams?

Whatever it's about, I sense the Lord's judgment upon us in this land. We've been watering down His word for years, why would He not return it upon our own heads?

7 May 2010 at 19:49  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

This is the plot:

Gordon wants Nick, but Nick wont return his phone calls. Nick wants David, who didnt seem that interested...because he is playing hard to get. Nick knows that David is playing hard to get because he wants it Nick is teasing David.

It will end with steamy windows and gritted teeth.

7 May 2010 at 19:53  
Anonymous Fuse box waller said...

Chaps, we will get this all the time if the liberals have their way. Some -one said on tv, it happens in europe all the time. But we are British, not "Europeans"!

7 May 2010 at 19:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cameron fell into the trap of assuming he would automatically form a government when NuLabour lost the election.

He also took no account, or failed to truly recognize the impact the expenses scandal would have on the people. Oh yes, he made the right noises, but the people saw it for what it was, empty mealy mouthed platitudes.

However, there is also another reason why the conservatives did not win or get a resounding majority and you can almost pinpoint the time and subject matter.

The EU referendum.

There are constitutional documents such as Magna Carta and 1689 Bill of Rights that Brown breached when he sneaked off to sign it.

And Camerons response to all this...

He knows and millions of us know there is absolutely nothing stopping us having a referendum.

If he wants people to vote for him, he needs to recognize and respond to the will of the people, otherwise he won't get their votes. Plain and simple

Maybe, just maybe, this election has taught the career politicans something. They may not know what it is, but they know there is something and it is to do with the people and that they will have to work at this, if they want to stay in their chosen career.

7 May 2010 at 20:17  
Anonymous Mark Blades said...

Mr. Cranmer,
I’ve returned from work and am responding to your accusations. I haven’t read any other commenter on this topic, so I have no idea if I am repeating anything anyone else has written.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to read the piece you suggested due to the fact that the link for March only seems to have blogs from the 22nd to the 31st

However, of the eleven blogs I read, there were two overtly critical pieces about Labour, on March 22nd and 28th and one slightly hagiographic text about Boris Johnson, who is, of course, a Tory. That was on the 30th. Before that, on the 20th, you published what seems to me to be a verbatim Cameron speech about what the Tories would do, if elected. No analysis; no critique, just the speech. And there was also a speech from Margaret Thatcher which was quoted verbatim and printed on the 24th. A partisan March? I think so, but you may disagree.

Into April, and again I had problems accessing the whole month, but on the 21st there was a critical piece about Nick Clegg, and on the 22nd, there was a critical piece about the LibDems. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but no real criticism of the Tories.

There followed, on the 26th, a rather unnecessary blog linking the BNP and UKIP which indicates, to me anyway, a certain ‘ruthlessness’ in making sure that all the opposing parties regardless of importance, were negated. You wrote, regarding UKIP, that, ‘only the misguided will vote for them’ suggesting, I think it’s fair to say, a certain contemptuous attitude to any UKIP supporter.

Then, on the 27th April there was the quite extraordinary piece about David Cameron entitled ‘the profound empathy of David Cameron’ in which you eulogized about his personal qualities and, on the same day, you published, again verbatim, a speech of his.

These pieces about Cameron actually were published on the day that Mr. Cameron decided to personally intervene and sack the prospective parliamentary conservative candidate, Philip Lardner, for expressing views about homosexuality that a conservative spokesman said were ‘offensive’. This is despite the fact that those views could be said to be a reflection of a majority of professing Christians around the world and a view held by many within the Tory party.

Regarding this sacking by David Cameron, you blogged not a word. Not a peep. In fact you wrote, ‘Cranmer really does not know what to discuss today.’ Was that true, or a blatant expression of partisan omission?

May 28th brought the blog where you positively reveled in the Gordon Brown story when he called Gillian Duffy, ‘that bigoted woman’. Interestingly, considering the accusations you threw at me, you wrote, ’Isn’t it rather hypocritical, in fact, to assume your opponents on certain matters are bigots?’ Part two next.

7 May 2010 at 20:34  
Anonymous Mark Blades said...

On the 30th, you speculated on a Lib/Lab pact after the election, based on the ‘body language’ of Clegg and Brown. Nothing much to say about that.

Into May, and again, something about Gordon and Mrs. Duffy [ really getting the mileage out of that story against Brown and New Labour].

Then, on the 3rd, a piece deconstructing, of all people, Margaret Thatcher, who had dared to criticize ‘the Boy’, Cameron in a Sunday newspaper. Boy, it doesn’t do to get on the wrong side of Mr. Cranmer, does it? In April you were quoting her speeches but in May, she’s toast.

Finally, on the 5th there was that devastating, and correct, analysis of 13 years of Labour failure and, on the 6th, seven reasons to vote Conservative.

Mr. Cranmer, perhaps the fact that I couldn’t access the whole of the three months presents a biased picture and, in actual fact, you were lambasting the Tories left, right and centre on those days that I couldn’t connect to. I don’t know. However, according to the blogs I’ve been able to see, there doesn’t seem to me to be any reason to withdraw my initial charge that you have been partisan towards the Tories over the last few months and rather hypocritical to start doing so today after their failure to gain a majority.

With regard to your question, ‘Will you concede that your own bigotry has led you to sin?’, I refer you to your own words, which I quoted earlier. ’Isn’t it rather hypocritical, in fact, to assume your opponents on certain matters are bigots?’

And, regarding your statement:

’His Grace does not use insulting words in response to criticism when that criticism is justified. Yours is not. It stems, as His Grace has now established irrefutably, from your own impetuous superficiality.’

Well, I also do not think you have ‘established irrefutably’ my ‘impetuous superficiality’. In fact, the only thing I think you have ‘established irrefutably’ is your own ‘thin skin’ and inability to take any form of criticism.

7 May 2010 at 20:34  
Anonymous no nonny said...

I'm obviously not alone in still trying to formulate a response to the situation. Except that I have to wonder why anybody expected to win; I'm also stuck in a paradox because I don't see how anybody can vote neulab (so they should have lost)! Where is the resolution of the paradox?

The 'hung' option has been out there for months, and none of them responded to it by defining themselves clearly from the others - or by showing the public whether they had any strength of character underneath their masks of copycat modern catchwords. They all (even the really ugly one) expected us to respond to masks.

And they all clung to saying the same thing and following similar policies and ignoring the issues that the people care about.

And they're still at it today. Now the Chorus "wants" this 'stable' and strong government!! Still nobody is mentioning the euSSR, Communism, or immigration. Still all tacitly continue under the sway of both.

So - as some of last night's commentators managed to see: the people have punished the politicians. Which brings me to Your Grace's tweet Is anyone else slightly repulsed by this Clegg-Lear ritual demanding to know who will love him the most in exchange for the crown?

Yes. I am. Utterly nauseated. The people punish the politicians who now turn round and punish the people!!! "Let's give power to the party they don't want!" .. "Let's change the system to something so foreign, Macchiavellian, and complicated that nobody can understand it...[and that'll be even easier to 'fix': and then they can never do this to us again!]."

7 May 2010 at 20:41  
Blogger Preacher said...

This result cannot be a surprise to anybody. Why did it happen? Because none of the three party leaders impressed the electorate enough to win an outright majority. Brown was a loser from the start, only propped up by the Labour faithful & God only knows where they have been living for the last ten years. Clegg had one good appearances on the TV & thought he had it in the bag, but was leading the most inept party who suffered from over inflated egotism & the belief that Brown was so bad that could leapfrog into second place without trying. Thus it was David Camerons to lose, & he lost. If he had lived up to his nickname of 'Cast Iron' he would have destroyed the opposition, but the writing was on the wall. Ironically the Lib Dems are now being labelled 'The King Makers'. The good old Earl of Warwick must be turning somersaults in his sepulchre at the misuse of his title.
If Cameron is to gain the support of the electorate, he must be prepared to go it alone, without the support of the political gnats, he must win his spurs & prove his right to govern on his own terms, he must show himself to be strong, charismatic & hounorable, nothing less will do. A confused electorate delivered a vote of 'dont know' when faced with the three wise monkeys & their joint propaganda machine.
I live in hope that Mr Cameron can deliver the goods, but the jury is out, perhaps a good start would be to oust Mr Brown from skulking in No 10, use smoke if neccesary, if the man has no honour & pride to leave when he is beaten, then eviction seems the only alternative.

7 May 2010 at 21:01  
Anonymous no nonny said...

search contd...

But as Your Grace's tweet suggests: 'Remember Lear.' I (obviously) believe that the answers to our conundrum lie in who and what we are, and that the seeds of the identity that will resolve the situation spring from the past; the Bard understood this. So did others:

"We may enjoy the present while we are insensible of infirmity and decay: but the present, like a note in music, is nothing but as it appertains to what is past and what is to come." W. S. Landor (1775-1864). Aesop and Rhodope.

"Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past." T. S. Eliot. Four Quartets, "Burnt Norton." 1936.

"The distinction between past, present and future is only an illusion, however persistent." Albert Einstein. Letter to Michelangelo Besso. 21 March, 1955.


7 May 2010 at 21:17  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Last note, I promise, but: Further to the Search...

Ty Fuse Box Waller @ 19:55 - Chaps, we will get this all the time if the liberals have their way. Some -one said on tv, it happens in europe all the time. But we are British, not "Europeans"!
Yes, I noticed that too and reacted the same way.

He was talking about Clegg and the length of his service in euroland - and who, I now observe, has a Spanish wife, a Dutch mother, and Russian antecedents. Which is lovely, for a private citizen. But for a youngish man who's coming into power over indigenous Britons - power that only a smallish minority voted to give him?

By a long shot, Clegg's not our first or only modern politician with foreign roots. At random, (Disraeli), Straw and the Milipedes spring to mind, and even dear Boris; not to mention the you-know-whos. But I also can't help wondering: how much is the present set-up geared to disenfranchising indigenes (especially those long resistant Celts and Vikings, who stay so strongly Labour...)? Why do the offspring of so many euros go into politics here (while eliminating our longer-standing institutions, including the Lords)? And isn't it perfectly consistent that a multi-culti agenda reinforces their infiltration of power over us?

Xenophobia? Maybe we shouldn't let the accusation intimidate us - if the dislike or fear is justified; if the facts identify a worm in the flower? A worm that serves our enemy: the euSSR.

7 May 2010 at 22:03  
Anonymous len said...

I think the electorate have been vastly underestimated by all parties..Blair and NuLabour with its spin Doctors paved the way for a neatly packaged well presented brand of politics, with Blair as frontman charming and wooing the voters.
But Nulabour is seen to be a sham, underneath all the glitz a lot of empty promises, only the die hard Labour supporters would vote for a system so obviously failing.
The other Party leaders have in a way followed in Blair`s footsteps leaning more on personality than policies.
I agree with no nonny no party clearly defined their policies presumably worried about scaring the electorate,promising 'change' but not defining what change.

The really vital issues seem to have been evaded by all parties.

7 May 2010 at 22:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Politics can define a nation or divide a family, always put kin first and politics second.

We may all have slightly differing perspectives but many a commentor on here I would gladly stand shoulder to shoulder with in defence of our nation.

Yet always keep an arms length, since thus be such space God needs, to work in mysterious ways.

Like what did cause the Farage plane crash on election day and is the Lord drawing our attention to matters pertaining to Poland.

Signed: Virgil Aunt

8 May 2010 at 00:51  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Mark Blades,

There you go again.

His Grace even provided a link )(which you say you couldn't be bothered to read!).

Refer to your original (false) allegation. Access the link. Retract your false allegation and apologise. If you can't be bothered to do that, please do not visit here again.

8 May 2010 at 01:33  
Anonymous Tony B said...

>"Some -one said on tv, it happens in europe all the time. But we are British, not "Europeans"!"

Good to see you've thought it through carefully.

8 May 2010 at 07:13  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Tony B: glad you appreciate all that thought and research! Thank you.

8 May 2010 at 08:19  
Blogger Gnostic said...

I listened to Cameron's morning after speech. He droned on about dealing with the defecit and in practically the same breath assured us that he intends to maintain our EU status and pursue the outrageously expensive, scientifically redundant and physically useless wind turbine project.

Was my UKIP vote a wasted vote? Hell no! Unless the Tory party sees sense I'll be "wasting" my vote again come the feeble end of the chancers government Cameron and Clegg are trying to form.

8 May 2010 at 08:34  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Still waiting, Mr Mark Blades...

8 May 2010 at 12:18  
Anonymous Fed up with Socialism said...

It's a good post. Don't be too hard on Cameron. First, he won a good majority in England. Second, Labour have had 13 years to create a huge client state and extend means tested benefits in the guise of tax credits and free childcare right up to earners of £50K. Add to that the relentless propaganda from the BBC and it is no surprise that we have a hung Parliament (although if you subtracted the Scotch block vote you wouldn't). The last thing we need now is a bout of "core vote" infighting. I am hopeful DC can make common ground with Clegg on civil liberties and rolling back the tide of authoritarian legislation. If the price is electoral reform, then lets make sure it is good democratic reform like single transferable vote and not some patronage ridden party list PR system.

8 May 2010 at 22:48  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Cameron didn't have a good win. If he had he'd be in No 10 right now and telling Clegg to get lost.

The BBC didn't cause this hung parliament. Cameron did that when he reneged on his promise. Why else did his popularity suddenly evaporate? EU is an issue whether you like it or not. They dictate most of our laws so what use is Parliament if it serves the EU and not us?

Cameron is promising what he can't deliver, especially on immigration. He's willing to squander hundreds of billions on windmills that are incapable of producing the energy this country needs. He wants to introduce Big Society which is naked Marxism. In short, he's just another lying opportunist socialist, just like Brown. Stop trying to polish a turd and insulting the people who see him for what he is.

9 May 2010 at 07:35  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Still waiting, Mr Mark Blades...

Funny how you had time to wade through months of former posts, but claimed you couldn't be bothered to read other comments in this thread, even just a few up from where you responded, which hyper-linked directly to the evidence which establishes your prejudice, bias and deceit.

And you have the audacity to question the sincerity of His Grace's faith. The 'whiff of hypocrisy' is yours.

9 May 2010 at 10:44  
Anonymous Fed up with Socialism said...

@Gnostic - The EU is an issue, but is it the overriding issue - No. For one thing it is destroying itself as we speak. It may have been enough of an issue however to damage Cleggmania which evaporated as the Greek crisis intensified. (It is somewhat ironic that Clegg now finds himself the most powerful man in politics) I also agree with you on the pointlessness of windmills, I am not an AGW proponent. However, we need alternatives to oil no doubt about it. If ideological purity means ceding power to Brown you can keep it. I would rather see Cameron in No 10 as the "least worst" option thanks very much. I am not trying to polish a turd, just maybe trying to sprinkle it with a bit of perfume. I struggle to see how you can interpret my post as insulting however.

9 May 2010 at 12:40  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Fed up with socialism:

I hope that you are right about the EU. It would be a wonderful thing to see it crumble into dust. However, the Germans are doing their damndest to shore everything up.

Like you I do not want Brown at any price. However, since Cameron clings to idiotic policies that are going to cost us dear we can't afford him either.

Yes on energy alternatives but let's make them alternatives that actually work. Throwing money at windmills and solar is a shameful waste, something UK governments excel at.

I was referring to your rant against UKIPpers in another thread. My comment came across as rather harsh and I apologise for it. :0)

9 May 2010 at 17:11  

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