Thursday, October 03, 2013

The land of hope is Tory (and a bit Whiggish)


David Cameron's conference speech was replete with platitudes and clichés, but thin on policy. The faithful eagerly applauded in the hall, but supporters grumbled the length and breadth of the country. He was promising a land flowing with milk and honey, but has no strategy of how to deal with the Canaanites and the Amorite (not to mention the Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites).

If there's someone occupying your Promised Land, waiting to pounce on your women and children and deceive them with false promises of false gods, they need to be dealt with. Genocide isn't an option. The problem David Cameron has is that his brand of paternal conservatism - Toryism - irritates half his party. Actually, it's probably less than half now, since his party's membership has halved since he became leader. According to The Daily Telegraph, the Prime Minister is the secure leader of the most influential right-wingers in the UK. But just look who's No2:


David Cameron's land of hope is Tory, but for millions of Conservatives it needs tempering with Whiggish values. Nigel Farage may lead a party devoid of any credible policy (they can't even agree on how the UK may leave the EU - repeal of European Communities Act 1972 or by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty). But he represents something of the individualist Protestant spirit to Cameron's corporate Catholicism. Like Margaret Thatcher, Nigel Farage has the Free Church in his DNA: it is a democratic instinct; accountable, congregational, and acutely concerned with the feelings and values of the people. David Cameron pontificates from his cathedra and operates through a centralised magisterium: he is separate, aloof, detached, and the people must follow because he knows what's best.

The Conservative Party - indeed, the country at large - needs a via media in order to fulfil its mission; it needs a kind of Church of England approach to doing politics (as tedious and frustrating as that may sometimes be). Until the Conservative Party once again becomes synodical and democratic - as it was under Margaret Thatcher, whose respect for the values of party members was paramount - it will continue its decline.

The land of hope is Tory to the extent that trusted institutions and the ordered hierarchy perform their duties patriotically with moral purpose. History has shown that, left to their own devices, these elite forces tend toward self-interest, inefficiency and corruption. The Whiggish strain of Conservatism, with its roots in institutional reform and the primacy of Parliament through the sovereignty of the people, is the natural corrective and counter-balance.

The Conservative Party has been a coalition of these competing ideologies held in tension since its inception. They unify in order to win elections, gain power, and roll out their programme of government. Historically, they have coalesced around the themes of law and order, defence, patriotism, immigration, tax reduction, and their support for marriage and the family. Under David Cameron, the focus has been a multifaith, relativist mishmash of europhilia, environmentalism and gay marriage, while UKIP has been pressing the buttons of sovereignty, patriotism and Christian spirituality.

If the Promised Land of hope is to be Tory, Cameron needs not only to deal with Miliband's Canaanites; he needs to do a deal with Farage's Amorites.

And that's with the people; not their leader.

32 Comments:

Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Your Grace

By saying what he and Osborne have said this last week they have ensured there shall be further coalition, come what or who may, despite them asking there party to believe they will hold a governing majority if they only just....blah blah de blah. Hardworking People is another Them or Us platitude as unacceptable to the people as the false One Nation of Labour. Believing your own Bull%*&! is one thing, expecting us to shovel it up into carry home bags in quite another.

Lets just hope that UKIP hold the balance of power rather than Lib nice but Dims..

Blofeld

3 October 2013 at 09:56  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

ps

Wouldn't hold your breath If Nigel gets the balance as I cannot see Cameron being allowed to stay on as PM if Nige has any say in it.

Now that would be interesting but will a prospective coalition PM from the terrified Tories DARE raise their head, prior to 2015, saying they could work with Nigel and UKIP..HHHMMM?

Blofeld

3 October 2013 at 10:02  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Goodness! I had no idea there were so many Levantines in the country!

3 October 2013 at 10:51  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Your Grace, a well put, short, to the point article, which I have throughly enjoyed reading, so thank you.

Sovereignty, patriotism and Christian values (spirituality?). Excellent ! I see the banners held aloft ! This requires a shot of celebratory rum in the coffee, Captain Morgan's to boot !

Let's not forget a dash of individual initiative and responsibility as well, I might add.

Cameron's effete, patronising metro-elite have long been rumbled.

3 October 2013 at 11:01  
Blogger IanCad said...

Good post YG,

A list of hangers-on, cronys, relatives, deceivers and frauds with a couple of genuine conservatives who were slipped in by mistake.

"Where there is no vision, the people perish---"
Proverbs 28:19.

3 October 2013 at 11:13  
Blogger Nick said...

I am sure I read somewhere that the Tory mrmbership deficit is so great they were pksnning to bus guests from tge private sector and charities to save Dave the embarassment of talking to empty seats.

Glad to see Nigel in 2nd place. Have just appkied to join UKIP and am awaiting my call-up papers.

3 October 2013 at 11:54  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

David |H

"This requires a shot of celebratory rum in the coffee, Captain Morgan's to boot ! "

An old cynical sea dogs shanty

Yo ho, yo ho, a politician's life for me.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.

They profit by plunder, rifle all hard earned loot.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.

They tax and they ravage and don't give a hoot.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.

They'd promise you everything but never come clean.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.

They make us all wish we were antipodean.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.

They're rascals and scoundrels and villains, and thieves
Suck it up me 'earties, yo ho

They're devils and black sheep, forcing folks wishes through sieves
Suck it up me 'earties, yo ho

They're beggars and blighters and ne'er do-well cads
Suck it up me 'earties, yo ho

Aye, say I, but we're loved by their mommies and unknown dads
Suck it up me 'earties, yo ho

Yo Ho me 'earties Yo Ho. ARRR!!! ;0)

Blofeld

3 October 2013 at 11:57  
Blogger Nick said...

Sorry for all the typos. Can't blog well from a mobile!

3 October 2013 at 11:57  
Blogger bluedog said...

His Grace comments, 'And that's with the people; not their leader.'

Presumably a reference to UKIP's booming membership. What is so fascinating about the decline in Conservative Party membership is it's geographical spread. This communicant had envisaged a collapse outside the Home Counties, but recent press reports suggest that even within historically staunch Conservative constituencies the ranks are thinning rapidly. If CP membership is 134,000 one can assume that 50% are dormant, so active rather than nominal membership is possibly as low as 67,000. This figure translates to approximately 100 active members per constituency.

In the experience of this communicant it takes a minimum of five workers to run a busy polling booth on election day. It follows that the average constituency with 100 active CP members can run just 20 booths; nothing like enough. Unless the CP can re-activate its dormant 50% of members, it can't even manage its own defeat in 2015. On the other hand the Labour Party always has enough manpower. UKIP clearly lacks the formal membership numbers to run a nationwide campaign, but they may be able to draw on a considerable number of enthusiastic casuals.

3 October 2013 at 12:58  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Extra sensory,

Keep going, you might just make Poet Laureate ! Excellent effort. And yes, I do sometimes envy teh antipodeans.

3 October 2013 at 13:43  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Nick,

UKIP. Welcome aboard. You've just missed one but the annual conferences are most heartening. Some of the Regional ones are good too, particularly the SE ones. The local organization is a bit patchy but it's maturing.
There's an interesting Christian group too -- wait for your magazine. Good luck with it.

3 October 2013 at 13:46  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Bluedog,

I get your drift, you refer to the manpower needed to get the message out, so yes the Conservatives will be struggling now as many of the remaining loyalists are not that steady on their pins anymore.

But Polling Booths are manned, by law, by Local Government officers, sworn in as impartial, including retired ones, maternity leave ones and trusted spouses in some areas. It's a necessary pain as managers see their service on go slow for a day, the younger ones volunteering for a very long and often boring day, 7am until 10.30 pm, plus the late night count, for a modest extra sum of money, arriving in the following morning too knackered to work hard. But the system is honest, dependable and works fairly well, except for the disgrace of postal voting of course, which is another matter entirely.
Saw a bluedog just like you half and hour ago, so you've got relatives it seems.

3 October 2013 at 13:58  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Bluedog,

I get your drift, you refer to the manpower needed to get the message out, so yes the Conservatives will be struggling now as many of the remaining loyalists are not that steady on their pins anymore.

But Polling Booths are manned, by law, by Local Government officers, sworn in as impartial, including retired ones, maternity leave ones and trusted spouses in some areas. It's a necessary pain as managers see their service on go slow for a day, the younger ones volunteering for a very long and often boring day, 7am until 10.30 pm, plus the late night count, for a modest extra sum of money, arriving in the following morning too knackered to work hard. But the system is honest, dependable and works fairly well, except for the disgrace of postal voting of course, which is another matter entirely.
Saw a bluedog just like you half and hour ago, so you've got relatives it seems.

3 October 2013 at 13:58  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

David H

ANTIPODEAN...DON'T WE ALL!!!

Should have read..
"Aye, say I, but they're loved by their mommies and unknown to their dads"
Ernst needs a good proof reader!!

Blowers, my boy.

3 October 2013 at 14:22  
Blogger Phil Roberts said...

Peter Hitchens predicted all of this on his mail on Sunday blog

3 October 2013 at 17:33  
Blogger Anglican said...

I think many would-be Conservative voters will be deserting Cameron because of his infatuation with same-sex marriage.

3 October 2013 at 17:45  
Blogger John Wrake said...

Your Grace,

You have written "The land of hope is Tory to the extent that trusted institutions and the ordered hierarchy perform their duties patriotically with moral purpose."

Regretfully, that is no longer true. The institutions are no longer trustworthy, for the Civil Service has been politicised and is now thoroughly in favour of E.U. membership, like the BBC.

As for the hierarchy, namely the Government and H.M.s Opposition, their words and actions are not patriotic and moral purpose disappeared with the Abortion/SSM legislation, quite apart from the lies about wars.

You charge UKIP with not knowing its own mind about method over leaving that corrupt organisation, to which the hierarchy are committed. They know their own and the majority of English people's minds about the absolute necessity to leave.

John Wrake.

3 October 2013 at 18:35  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Phil Roberts said..

"Peter Hitchens predicted all of this on his mail on Sunday blog
" Indeed, Mr Roberts. An excellent expose of why the intelligentsia of the left have moved the argument from projects to redefining the language of politics and discourse. Hence Cameron, a closet liberal, can blame nasty Nick for the liberal policies foisted on him..'For the greater good of the country, whereas he is rubbing his hands thinking 'That's one fight with the right of the party I won't have to have, 'My hands are tied!!). we are all now racists and bigots because we care about the direction our country is going in.

Loved the way he said 'Maggie this' and 'Maggie that', when postulating his future plans during his speech for the Tory party come May 2015 and how he sat adoringly at her feet.
Just meeting her does'nt mean she approves of you, Davey Boy, anymore than her meeting Gordon McManiac at Number 10, now does it. Did she publicly endorse you, did she. Didn't think so you chancer.

He must think we have all arrived off the first boat from a Bana....oooh, Can't say that any, more can we!!

Blofeld

3 October 2013 at 18:36  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Nothing from the right dishonourable member for silly marriage set ups about his multi strings attached EU referendum then. Not that there is much point in him conducting it as he’s indicated he’s going to rat on the result if it goes against his way of thinking…



3 October 2013 at 18:38  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

{AHEM}....

Missed out “The rotter”

(“Ratter”, “Rat thing”...)

3 October 2013 at 19:08  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Peter Hitchins, albeit a grumpy and somewhat depressing old cove, is and has been for a long time remarkably prescient regarding the Cameron actor thing ! No sane adult of any maturity could believe a single word or intention that issues from that one.

3 October 2013 at 22:02  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Anyone interested in fair politics could not but have noticed the presently intense and mounting pressures within the BBC and the MSM, especially the Torygraph, to smear UKIP, with any childish, mendacious or nasty stuff that they can lay their treasonous hands upon.
All the old Euro- traitors like Heseltine are being wheeled out to insert their poisoned knives into the party, such is their desperation to stop the Farage juggernaut before the party wins yet more votes from both disenchanted Conservatives and increasingly traditional Labour voters ditched by the self serving party that Labour has become.

I passionately hope and pray that the ordinary British man and woman has the ability to spot who and what are the true defenders of our national interest, including, very directly their own and that of their family's. I have the uneasy feeling that the next ten years are absolutely critical for this country of ours, or what remains of it. Either we descend into ever greater euro subservience, almost ceasing to exist as an independent polity or we break the bonds and once again become something to be proud of again.

3 October 2013 at 22:16  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Well said David Hussell. You would have to be a thick not to notice the BBC bias against UKIP. The good news is the man in the pub no longer relies on the BBC for fair coverage. Who does ?

3 October 2013 at 23:09  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Hmmmm, President Rouhani of Iran and David Cameron surprisingly share more common traits than one would ever have thought possible!

4 October 2013 at 01:43  
Blogger AnonymousInBelfast said...

I'm intrigued by the analysis (which I largely agree with) since it contrasts synodical with congregational in a way that hardly flatters the former.

I don't think I'd be being entirely unfair to say that there is a degree of Anglican "pragmatism" about Cameron's government, not to mention a certain agnosticism towards dogma that finds itself very much at home in the established Church these days.

How much carries across to the CofE I wonder?

4 October 2013 at 01:50  
Blogger Nick said...

I think that people like Heseltine should remember that when they issue insults like the racist jibe, they are not insulting a party but possibly millions of voters and supporters. We have heard similar things from Cameron and Clegg. It indicates both their contempt for the electorate and their detachment from public opinion.

4 October 2013 at 07:59  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Nick,

Exactly ! Well said.

Whilst it is vital that the people in the party directly involved refute the accusation and challenge it directly, which he did admirably, the membership as a whole do not run for cover. They realize that these insults strengthen them. Indeed most, non-Guardian reading types who may not be particularly aware, politically, begin to see just how sensible and necessary UKIP type immigration controls are, and how prejudiced and blind the left leaning politicians have become. They have pulled the race card so often now, it has lost its sting and they just look silly and bossy.
Idiots like Heseltine are saying, not to be racially prejudiced, one must be in favour of unlimited inward migration, which is a nonsense obviously.

4 October 2013 at 09:01  
Blogger bluedog said...

Mr Hussell @ 13.58, my use of the term polling booth appears to have confused you, but thank you for your description of a polling station. My post was on the topic of Conservative party membership and I was trying to make the point that the party may now lack the numbers to support voters at a polling station. The term 'polling booth' is therefore intended to define the presence of a base from which political activists can win votes for a specific candidate. My contention is that the CP may no longer have the numbers to run such booths/bases for a full day in every ward of every electorate during a general election.

4 October 2013 at 11:37  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Old Ernst is often criticised for cynically tarring all politicians with the same brush as lazy in HOC attendance, expenses cheating, lying to courts, crooks but it should be known that Ernst uses the balanced logic of those hardworking people such as IDS, DWP and ATOS, in their dealings with the elderly, vulnerable and disabled. 'It's up to you to prove you ain't'!!!

Blofeld

4 October 2013 at 12:45  
Blogger Len said...

Once more into the valley of .....hope?.

4 October 2013 at 12:47  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

I have to say that Nigel Farage makes me cringe as a general rule but his piece in the Telegraph today about Cameron and the EU is pretty much on the money:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ukip/10355351/Nigel-Farage-Tell-the-truth-Mr-Cameron.-Your-EU-strategy-is-doomed-to-fail.html

4 October 2013 at 14:32  
Blogger Shacklefree said...

What does this quote mean:
he [Farage] represents something of the individualist Protestant spirit to Cameron's corporate Catholicism. Seems like Protestant anti-Catholic bias still exists and any sound bite however inaccurate will do to maintain it.

4 October 2013 at 22:55  

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