Saturday, February 08, 2014

The calumniation of loyal conservatives

Perhaps it is usual in the sophistic world politics for factions within parties to cast aspersions about their brothers and sisters and generally denigrate one another. Each clique despises the coterie which isn't quite right on, and the internecine belligerence invariably weakens if not disables the army, as each competing battalion vies for supremacy, seeking to promote its own sergeant-major as supreme commander. In the Conservative Party we have seen it time and again, with the "Turnip Taliban", the "dinosaurs" and the "backwoodsmen". And let's not forget the "swivel-eyed loons". So when Tim Yeo talks of "Extreme Tory activists", he is simply propagating the same destructive narrative, seemingly oblivious to the fact that these 'extremists' are the ones who have bothered to stick with the party and pay their dues through the entire Cameron era, and are still pounding the streets and knocking on doors despite being despised by the metropolitan elite and publicly insulted by enlightened "moderates" like Tim Yeo.     

But we see this in the Church as well, as each theological skirmish is portrayed in terms of winners and losers; victors and vanquished; ground won and ground lost. And as the bishops pussyfoot around trying to work out which cabal is kosher, it is invariably the conservatives who are cast as narrow-minded and homophobic bigots, or dogmatic and regressive zealots. It is only Christians after the fashion of Tim Yeo who are enlightened, reasoned and "in touch" with the real world. The other sort are simply chauvinists, xenophobes, racists and extremists.

Cool Tories like Matthew Parris want to expel the "Rabid Right" from his party. "Many of them belong in UKIP," he says. "They should be treated by whips and reported by journalists for what they are: people in the wrong party. Some should be shown the door." And further:
These people are unhinged. How much tolerance should the party’s leadership show (and how much attention should commentators give) to MPs whose mandate has been centrist, who would not have been elected except to a centrist party, but who spend time between elections chucking rocks at the very moderation that brings in their vote? Challenged, they have the cheek to growl and whimper about “the party’s instincts”. That their tiny claimed sounding-board for these instincts (a panel of typically less than 100 serious activists) should echo their own views is unsurprising, given that the local MP has spent a career repelling from party membership anyone under 70 who isn’t a spittle-flecked, obsessively anti-European, immigrant-hating social and cultural reactionary.
And it's the exactly same in the Church, except the insults and exasperation are usually couched as "telling the truth in love". What the enlightened ones always seem to forget is that we are a family, united by far more than divides us. In the Conservative Party, it is by the Burkean principles of respect for institutions; defence of private property; the importance of the nation state; maintenance of the rule of law; and societal evolution rather than revolution. In the Church, it is by His blood, which is a darn sight thicker than the watery obsessions of gender and sexuality.

The Conservative Party must be a "broad church" - rather like the via media of the Church of England - not least because conservatism is as variously apprehended and diversely understood as Christianity. If each side persists in deriding and denigrating the other instead of focusing on the primary mission, it is not only the election that will be lost, but many thousands of souls.


Blogger Lucy Mullen said...

They are right; the majority of sane Conservatives probably do belong in UKIP. Bring it on!

8 February 2014 at 10:08  
Blogger graham wood said...

"In the Conservative Party, it is by the Burkean principles of respect for institutions; defence of private property; the importance of the nation state; maintenance of the rule of law; and societal evolution rather than revolution."

Nothing could be further from the truth in the modern "Conservative" Party as conceived over the past few decades. We do not have a Conservative Party in the real sense. Each of these Burkean principles have been undermined or destroyed, and never more so than right now under Cameron - the Europhile.

Respect for institutions? What about the priceless and Christian institution of exclusive heterosexual marriage and the family - now denied by its degrading counterfeit of SSM ?

Defence of private property? Tell that to the farmers, landowners, and ordinary householders of the Somerset levels who have lost their properties, livestock, and cultivable land for the forseeable future as a direct result of the EU Directive 2007/60/EC which compels UK Environment Agency NOT to dredge the river Parrett and other vital drainage channels which would have mitigated about 90% of the present floods. Unless reversed this policy will ensure this level of flooding as an annual, but preventable event.

Importance of the nation state? Our membership of the EU, entrenched by successive UK governments, deliberately weakens the nation state, with intent to eventually destroy all national identities substituting the new country called the European Union. Cameron wishes this situation to remain whilst still presenting the fig-leaf of an impossible in/out referendum in 2017.

Maintenance of the rule of law? When about 80% of our law is "made" in the EU. When we speak of the "rule of law" we should mean the exclusive pre-eminence of British law. We mean the rule of our own superb British Constitution OVER that of the so called EU constitution (i.e.the Lisbon Treaty). Thus, we have no real "rule of law"- but only the diktat of an unelected and undemocratic foreign bureaucracy which is actually accountable to nobody.

Societal evolution rather than revolution?
Nonsense. A real societal revolution has already happened - uncontrolled immigration, the subtle persecution of Christians as opposed to political Islam, the removal of all safeguards from arbitrary arrest and deportation of British nationals via the European Arrest Warrant, the curbing of free speech by militant homosexuals who now direct social policy of our government through the thicket of "equality" laws. Need we go on?

8 February 2014 at 11:18  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

Ah, that’s it then - Yeo is a populist. If there was any doubt why he had to go, let it be dispelled here and now.

Rather than advocating the tried, trusted and reliable policies of Conservatism, your man is quite content to let the tail wag the dog, as no doubt Cameron would agree with him in that principle can go hang. There are NO votes in principles anymore...

Parris of course is a homosexual, of the new ‘pride’ variety, in the Inspector’s opinion. It could even be said he dines out on it, so to speak. One wonders if the man was given three conditions and asked to put them in order, how he would place them: A member of society, a Conservative, a homosexual. You see, there are SOME principles worth hanging onto, and one which comes to mind is the apparent superiority and leadership qualities of the gay mind-set.

8 February 2014 at 11:46  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Your Grace, an interesting "Compare and Contrast" piece today of two of the country's estates.

graham wood @ 11.18 has done such a succinct, excellent job of setting out the parlous state of the former conservative Conservative Party, and the UK's reduced status, because of the treacherous politicians, I need say no more, other than :-

1. Thank you, Graham.

2. Vote Ukip, where Burkean principles are alive and well, if a little crudely expressed at times.

8 February 2014 at 11:59  
Blogger Martin said...

Trouble is, the Church is not a political party, nor can it be 'middle of the road'. The Church has nothing in common with society and if you wish your church to be a 'broad church' perhaps you should consider where the 'broad way' leads.

The Church, by its nature, will always be in a minority, always at odds with society. It was no wonder that Spurgeon was mocked and Whitfield was stoned, for they took the narrow way.

If you want your church to perform its function of ministering to the saints it must be a narrow way church, focused on what the Bible says, not on what society approves of.


8 February 2014 at 12:03  
Blogger Nick said...

The issues of gender and sexuality are important because they are so powerful. They are so significant that God saw fit to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of them. The Conservative party has aloowed itself to be polluted by the "progressive" people who believe that fulfilment of sexual craving overrides everything. The church too has found itself unable to resist the pressures of secularism

The end result is internal strife in both the Conservative party and the CofE, because they are jugging each other by the values of society.

I think it is pretty obvious that the Conseravtive party is all but finished as the party of "conservative" values. It will probably split into the "progressive" camp and the "traditional" camp, many of which will defect to UKIP.

8 February 2014 at 12:46  
Blogger Jim McLean said...

Yes! Exactly what Graham Wood said at 11:18 today.

8 February 2014 at 12:49  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

Tis an exiting time for a political animal to be alive, don’t you know. The European elections are but 3 months away.

We have, now daily, European criminals flocking to this country and murderous Islam stalking the streets, plus a bit of child predation from our sub continent types, FGM from African grandma’s wielding a sharp tin lid, armed gang warfare in ‘deprived’ areas from our negroes, which actually weren’t deprived at all until they showed up, and foreign terrorists we have to clothe and feed at our expense while they cock a snoot at extradition law. And let us not forget a lowering of our standard of living. 8% isn’t it, over 6 years...

What a moaner this man has become. The worse thing is that even if we could start to fix the above, the ECHR wouldn’t let us. Something about the human right of out of control people to do what the hell pleases them.

Well, the politicians know how we’ll vote. More of the same, so they think. And of course, we won’t disappoint them, will we ?

Pip Pip ! - here comes UKIP !

8 February 2014 at 13:10  
Blogger Philip said...

No wonder they deselected him. He's displaying his true colours, labelling all who dare to question the metropolitan lib-left elite's extreme fixation with keeping us in the EU and their extremist imposition of a new morality in place of our traditions and institutions, such as (true) marriage, on which society is built. (Mr Yeo voted for Mr Cameron's law to impose on us a change in the meaning of marriage other than what marriage is)

No doubt he'll join Ken Clarke, Lord Heseltine et al as a favourite of the BBC to assist in their metro lib-left propaganda painting true conservatives as "extremists" and so on

8 February 2014 at 13:30  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

If it were only calumniation it wouldn’t be so bad. For half a century, the leaders of the Conservative Party have set out deliberately to deceive their supporters—the leadership has traded on the party’s traditional patriotic stance while implementing policies that are designed to weaken and ultimately destroy the nation state. I confess I cannot decide which is more depressing: the duplicity of the few or the gullibility of the many.

8 February 2014 at 14:25  
Blogger Lucy Mullen said...

The club of Rome has been a catastrophe from the start. Maurice Strong was a dreadful man, and it is worth researching him and what he was about. Research and knowledge leads one beyond fear of all the silliest labels that are often pinned on those wanting a tender and humane society with properly functioning markets that are free from deadly monopolies and cheating cabals.

Yes, IG in O completely with you. It is a disgrace that families are becoming poorer by the moment and that things like Agenda 21 (otherwise known as "sustainable growth" were known before implementation to be likely to have the disastrous effects that they have had. Time to call the scams- manmade global warming, and the forever unwinnable "war on terror" out. We need more freedom and less central planning. And only one party offers us that. Although the Conservative and Lib dem coalition said they were in favour of more individual freedom it has transpired that they aren't, unless you are a member of some very small pampered subsets of society, and then only in ways that disestablish the Church, the family, the nation state, the right to own and enjoy property, to make a living and have enough from that to bring up a family, and the right of free speech. The middle class as Ron Paul in the US frequently says, and as Australian politicians are also saying are being squeezed, and squeezed, and we now have a new category of poor called the "working poor". It is worldwide, and it is not a complete surprise to those who put the rules, regulations and taxes in place. Shame on them, and vote UKIP.

8 February 2014 at 14:38  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

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8 February 2014 at 14:52  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Happy Jack says there is a cultural war going on at the moment in the Conservative Party and in the Church.

We need bold "culture warriors" to preserve traditional political and Christine virtues and doctrine. The "culture warriors" pushing the liberal, secularising, anti-traditional modernist agenda need to be countered.

When the liberals whinge about "narrow-minded and homophobic bigots, or dogmatic and regressive zealots" and say such people are bad, deluded and harmful, those liberals are “culture warriors” for the opposition, which includes the Enemy.

Their insults are silencing tactics. They want to bully conservatives into silence so they can have free rein to war for their own causes. They set up a model that they call "reasonable" and “pastoral” and "inclusive" and pit it against the “traditional”. When say we must be about "telling the truth in love" they are being disingenuous.

And this has to be one of the all time slights of hand:

"I don't support gay marriage in spite of being a conservative. I support gay marriage because I am a conservative.”

8 February 2014 at 14:56  
Blogger Len said...

Well we cannot have it both ways can we?.

If we stand for Christian values we will be called Homophobic , bigots, divisive, hateful, Judgmental(every secularist knows this one!) Christians are often portrayed in the media as a 'nutter' or a psychopathic killer.
Of course all the above acts as
quite a good deterrent for Christians to be fearful about 'coming out' and revealing the fact that they uphold Christian values.
'Telling the truth in love ' is the very core of the Gospel but... all but one of the disciples met violent deaths, the early Christians were burnt alive, torn apart by wild beasts , ridiculed, tortured and so on.
The Truth is the last thing people want to hear but the Truth is the only thing that will set men free.

The Gospel sets us free:
"Then you will know the truth,(about Christ) and the truth will set you free"(John 8 :32)

8 February 2014 at 15:16  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Following on from the truly insightful and clear posts above, I think that there needs be a full citizens led clearing out of all the anti-British elements in three old parties leaving just those, on right and left, who will work for the people of this country, our national democracy and our historic right to govern ourselves. National recovery will flow from the return of full national sovereignty.

So all arguments about the shape and size of say the NHS, or the armed services, or anything of great national importance, is secondary to that cathartic cleansing of the corruption, cronyism, dissembling and spin, which has for half a century rotted the health of the body politic. We are nation of gifted, overwhelmingly hard working people that are being led disastrously, literally, to disaster , if we take the sad story of the Somerset Levels as our graphic current example.
Ukip , with all its shortcomings and immaturity, is the best political tool available to kick start that desperately needed process of renewal. Either the Conservative Party has to be split, by such ground level rumblings, or forced for its own survival to revert to a genuinely conservative collection of policies and people, fiscally and socially. For this to happen the left leaning, metropolitan, cultural Marxists need to be made increasingly uncomfortable, electoral liabilities in fact. Hopefully more local Conservative associations will rediscover their courage, values and beliefs. Bring it on, I say.

8 February 2014 at 15:59  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

Just back from the outside chaps. As this fellow walked home, he was followed by a black bin liner, soaring twenty feet above him. Reminded him of the excellent Deep Purple track, “Storm Bringer”. Well worth listening to on the computer as you batten down the hatches. There will of course be a similar storm when the Lib-Dem Con partnership dissolves next year. Both parties congratulating themselves on what successes there were, and again both blaming each other for the failures. And as Yeo musters his Conservative lite voters he’s particularly found of, if he’s still active in politics by then, we wonder if any of them admit to him they’ve been Lib-Dems for years.

What a fool !


Comin' out of nowhere
Drivin' like rain
Stormbringer dance
On the thunder again
Dark cloud gathering
Breaking the day
No point running
'Cause it's coming your way

Ride the rainbow
Crack the sky
Stormbringer coming
Time to die
Got to keep running
Stormbringer coming
He's got nothing you need
He's gonna make you bleed

Rainbow shaker
On a stallion twister
Bareback rider
On the eye of the sky
Stormbringer coming down
Meaning to stay
Thunder and lightning
Heading your way

Ride the rainbow
Crack the sky
Stormbringer coming
Time to die
Got to keep running
Stormbringer coming
He's got nothing you need
He's gonna make you bleed

Coming out of nowhere
Drivin' like a-rain
Stormbringer dance
On the thunder again
Dark cloud gathering
Breaking the day
No point running
'Cause it's coming your way

8 February 2014 at 17:15  
Blogger Edward Spalton said...

I think it is fair to say that the leaderships of the LibLabCon have been taken over by the EXTREME CENTRE which is out of control authoritarianism with a (mostly) smiley "liberal" face. A bit like the C of E really.
You see the mask slip with incidents like the Crockford's preface and Gordon Brown's calling that lady a bigot for being worried about immigration. Then you get a hint of the naked assertion of power.

8 February 2014 at 17:26  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

There's a new era dawning and it's happening through necessity. The Lib/Lab/Con parties are no longer viable as they are drowning in their own dirty flood waters.

The Tories are so busy slagging each other off they have been neglecting the basics for the country's prosperity. They have failed in observing the Burkean principles. They have little respect for the Church, don't give a toss about defending private property otherwise we would have seen them looking after the vulnerable areas of the country, ensuring property is protected by river dredging and flood defences being built to ensure prosperity and continuity of farming, food production and tourism. They've reduced the armed forces to be ineffectual to any major threat we might face.
They've encouraged revolution rather than evolution through their obsession with minority groups LGBT and allowing mass immigration and multiculturalism. They've allowed the rule of law to be compromised. I wont go on.

UKIP is not just disaffected Tories, but is bringing on board people who are now taking an interest in politics whereas under the other three had disengaged. Also some of them are from the old Labour who had been lost along Teflon Tony's 'progressive' way, the manufacturing class I call them.

UKIP are seeing the bigger picture rather than their own little world. May God give them the strength to keep on top and not get spoiled and corrupted.

8 February 2014 at 17:46  
Blogger David Hussell said...

If any of His Grace's communicants wishes to read a really thoughtful political analysis of how, all over europe, the political elite have created systems and institutions delivering lifetime careers, profitably spent suitably insulated from the tedious chore of having to listen to those irritating lowlifes, the electorate, Jo Public, then I recommend "Ruling the Void. The Hollowing of Western Democracy" by the late Peter Mair, a Political Scientist.

Back to the studies.

8 February 2014 at 17:50  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Nick: "The Conservative party has aloowed itself to be polluted by the "progressive" people who believe that fulfilment of sexual craving overrides everything."

We also fall in love, pair bond, and everything you know.

8 February 2014 at 19:43  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Happy Jack (?): "Their insults are silencing tactics."

What about saying that we are cultural warriers for Satan? What sort of tactic do you call that?

8 February 2014 at 19:53  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Danjo, Happy Jack says: if the cap fits ....

8 February 2014 at 20:19  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

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8 February 2014 at 20:19  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

.... besides, Jack did not say all the opposition is a warrior for the Enemy.

When the liberals whinge about "narrow-minded and homophobic bigots, or dogmatic and regressive zealots" and say such people are bad, deluded and harmful, those liberals are “culture warriors” for the opposition, which includes the Enemy."

8 February 2014 at 20:21  
Blogger Integrity said...

Len @ 15:16
So right. The middle church people would like us to not speak out because it is offensive.

This subject of splits, is it more of a recent thing? In time past there was more respect for leaders or maybe fear! Dissention was dealt with harshly. However with increasing knowledge, people begin to question what they are taught or expected to do. Individuals like Len who have a fundamental faith (which I also follow) have left the traditional church as they feel that it does not present the Gospel as it should. Likewise, the Conservative leadership is not for the traditional conservative policies and has set out to re-invent itself which is not to every ones liking. They have not only deceived their own MP's but their constituency members. Should they just sit back and say nothing. Should those in the church say nothing when they feel before God that things are not right.
We all see through a glass darkly and no one person has all the truth so there should be dialogue until agreement is reached if it can be. No one should be bullied into accepting situations or change.
Democracy is about doing the will of the people and serving them. Cameron and his buddies abuse of authority in this session has been outrageous. Now it's payback time.

8 February 2014 at 20:25  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Jack: "Danjo, Happy Jack says: if the cap fits ...."

Is that in answer to the "(?)" in my comment? ;)

8 February 2014 at 20:26  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Danjo, Happy Jack says No.

Jack thought the "(?)" in your comment was a sign of confusion on your part - possibly early dementia.


8 February 2014 at 20:36  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

One wonders if Yeo is following this thread. And if he is, is he suitably impressed with DanJ0’s ‘Conservative’ position...

8 February 2014 at 20:37  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Oh, and Danjo, this is how to spell "warriors"



8 February 2014 at 20:41  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Jack, I'm concerned that all this time posting on the blog and investigating the early history of the Roman Catholic Church these days must be disrupting your busking activities. Think of your punters, man!

8 February 2014 at 20:42  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Danjo, Happy Jack says this is inclement weather for outside activities. Have you not been watching the news, man? It's weather for ducks, not buskers.


8 February 2014 at 20:59  
Blogger Nick said...

I think it is a fact that those tories who have followed the liberal agenda do believe they can silence their opponents through all personal abuse. I mean the usual "homophobic bigot, racist, europhobe" stuff they come out with when they have no other argument to make.

The abuse is wearing thin however, and I expect that many others, like myself, tend to take it in our stride and put it down to arrogance and ignorance.

As to voters being put off by the "extremists" (LOL), I doubt that will happen. What goes on in the ballot booth is a secret to the individual, a place where they can forgot peer pressure, propaganda, political spin, and just vote for what they really believe in, without recrimination.

8 February 2014 at 21:02  
Blogger Roy said...

Tim Yeo is the Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee. Its job is to "examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and its associated public bodies."

Therefore Yeo is partly to blame for our disastrous energy policies. Furthermore, he is a director of a fuel cell company and has received many payments from it despite the obvious conflict of interest.

Parliament is better off without such people, and Britain would be better off without such people in Parliament.

8 February 2014 at 23:53  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Your Grace,

Happy Jack entirely agrees with this but it will upset Carl:

"If each side persists in deriding and denigrating the other instead of focusing on the primary mission, it is not only the election that will be lost, but many thousands of souls."

For a Calvinist, as Jack understands it, and he may be wrong, God has predetermined, before creation, those souls that will be saved. Human effort on the part of the Church or individuals just makes no difference.

9 February 2014 at 00:10  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

On the subject of EU law, bloody strange report on the news tonight, I can tell you...

A healthy giraffe in Denmark is in danger of being put down due to something or other about inbreeding.

Just as well that doesn’t apply to humanity, as certain ethnic enclaves in the UK would be at real risk of being subject to culling too, don’t you know...

Makes a fellow think, what !

9 February 2014 at 01:16  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

Damnable EU !

Bastards run the place and no mistake...

9 February 2014 at 01:17  
Blogger IanCad said...

As usual, a perceptive post YG.

All your communicants owe you a debt of gratitude for the time and effort you put into this blog.

Some good comments here.

I can only second Graham Wood's observations; Edward Spalton's "Extreme Centre" rings true.

9 February 2014 at 08:37  
Blogger bluedog said...

An excellent post, Your Grace, but alas, four years too late.

Cameron and his cronies see politics as a civilising mission, with their own ordained role as a progressive priesthood, cleansing the thoughts of the culturally unwashed. Cameron’s problems include his arrogance, immaturity and lack of the common touch, hence the promotion of unmarketable ideas like SSM. Anybody who knows anything about marketing understands that success comes most easily if you sell your customers what they want to buy. Cameron’s social initiatives ignore this truth. Consequently, in the case of the Conservative party, the membership has simply walked rather than submit to a forced baptism into the new orthodoxy.

As your communicant has said before, it is doubtful that the Conservatives could now find the personnel to manage the logistics of a general election, if one were called tomorrow. If the Conservatives are routed in the May Euro elections, the party could start an unstoppable slide towards electoral oblivion in 2015.

Who to blame for Cameron’s failure? Vernon Bogdanor.

9 February 2014 at 11:26  
Blogger John Wrake said...

Well said, Graham Wood.


9 February 2014 at 12:45  
Blogger richardhj said...

Extreme Centre
Liberal Fascist

Both apparent contradictions, but both very true

Those of us who want to stop the world's descent into immorality need to work together better.
If we do we can stop them. If we don't they will destroy us.

9 February 2014 at 13:59  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

The giraffe is no more, as the thing was not covered by the ECHR. The deceased will be placed on view at the Copenhagen Zoo restaurant shortly. Well, some of him...

9 February 2014 at 14:11  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

A spokesman for the ECHR has emailed the Inspector to explain that had the giraffe been wearing a suicide vest, or had one of his hooves blown off ‘while dismantling IEDs’, they could probably have kept him alive at Copenhagen until he died of old age...

9 February 2014 at 14:25  
Blogger Integrity said...

Your Grace,
This is God's economy. There are differences but their can be no compromise with evil.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;.......... A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

If there is to be a future for the Conservatives, their must be like minded people of integrity who can work together for the good of all.
I regret to say that I can't see the 'via Media' of the CofE as being anything but divisive.

9 February 2014 at 14:33  
Blogger Nick said...

"Extreme Centre
Liberal Fascist"

I think we can drop the "centre" and the "Liberal".

Just been reading how the EU plans to demand we reveal the content of our will, including all property and assets that will be inherited from us.

I just wonder how long before we have a 2-way tele-screen in each room, watching our every move, indoctrinating us with EU propaganda, monitoring our conversations for any unorthodoxy, and generally ensuring we have no respite from the menacing gaze of Grand Frère.

9 February 2014 at 14:39  
Blogger Nick said...

An example of the"via media" of the CofE. The Archbishop of Cantebury has just congratulated the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, on receiving an honoary Oxford degree.

Congregations have ben deserting The Episcopal Church (TEC) over its abandonment of Gospel teachings, in particular, its stance on homosexuality. In reponse, TEC has been forcing congregations to abandon their churches. Often, these churches have been paid for by said congregation. In some cases, the empty churches have been sold off as Islamic centres.

I wonder if the ABC is aware of this, and if so, why he saw fit to congratulate the bishop who was perpetrating this "scorched earth" policy?

9 February 2014 at 14:52  
Blogger grumpyoldcl said...

Nick, you almost wrote "hoary" Oxford degree! Then again ...

9 February 2014 at 15:03  
Blogger grumpyoldcl said...

Not enough rs in it I suggest! Then again ...

9 February 2014 at 15:05  
Blogger IanCad said...

I plead guilty to departing from the thread, but Inspector GiO should hang alongside me.
He did bring up the giraffe.

BBC reported it as being unfit, unwanted and surplus. Thus it was aborted. True, a very late abortion, but in keeping with the principles of the greatest fans of the craft, an abortion still.

Now they (BBC) have a photograph on their website of a gang of enlightened pagan Danish brats watching the pretty little creature being dissected before feeding it to the lions.
I should add that the little snots were invited to attend by the zoo authorities.

What kind of parents would take their children to see such a spectacle?

And we wonder what kind of degenerates attended the Roman Forum?

9 February 2014 at 15:09  
Blogger Lucy Mullen said...

@ Nick

What is an honorary degree but a chance to dress up and show off anyway? They rarely mean much! How much better those that one actually works for.

The Occans (those in the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics) and the many erudite and enthusiastic orthodox Christians in that great seat of learning will continue their excellent work regardless, I rather think!

9 February 2014 at 15:15  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

The Inspector remarks, just as he’s turned Queens Evidence, which will allow IanCad to hang alone and hopefully end up in a teaching hospital for his own dissection, that the giraffe’s rather splendid camouflage was of no use to him when he really needed it...

9 February 2014 at 15:21  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

IanCad: "Now they (BBC) have a photograph on their website of a gang of enlightened pagan Danish brats watching the pretty little creature being dissected before feeding it to the lions.
I should add that the little snots were invited to attend by the zoo authorities. What kind of parents would take their children to see such a spectacle?"

Perhaps it was to convince that giraffe meat won't quietly end up in their burgers, sausages, and lasagne?

9 February 2014 at 15:29  
Blogger Nick said...


Sounds like a bit artifical, as opposed to "natural" selection was going on. According to the zoos scientific director "giraffes had to be selected to ensure the best genes were passed down to ensure the animal's long-term survival"

So "natural" selection is not enough, and it requires human interference to help it along a bit. A zoo in Yorkshire was happy to take the animal, but it seems the zoo preferred to slaughter the creature. Bizarre and cruel.

9 February 2014 at 15:33  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

Giraffe produces some fine leg steaks, and lots of them too. But when it comes down to the best in exotic meat, you have to go a long way to find better than marinated young Panda...

9 February 2014 at 15:37  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

Nick, ze orders of the Direktor to be followed at all times, without question. Perhaps ?

9 February 2014 at 15:41  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

Unplanned pregnancy at Edinburgh Zoo

Shock and distress followed and the pregnancy advisory people were brought in for ‘counselling’ of the animal concerned. After a tense ten minute session, it was agreed that to bring to full term would be disastrous for the career of a very important animal in the public spotlight. However, the advisors stressed that the operation would in no way hinder the panda’s ability to conceive again, with a bit of luck involved. Feminists are overjoyed that next time will be at a time of her choosing and not that of the male panda after an evening on bamboo alcohol.

9 February 2014 at 16:00  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

Statement from the Pregnancy Body concerned

(Which for libel purposes must remain anonymous)

“Look, I’ll give it to you straight. We’ve never killed a panda before. Can’t really tell you how that feels, but it’s one of the happiest days in my life. On a par with first meeting my life partner and knowing I instantly loved her” she gushed. “And our people have had a miserable time lately, having failed to do any of the two royal babies of late. That’s our next objective, one of those, but they don’t come around too often. Anyway, we’re thinking of adding a dash of mixed red, white and yellow to our logo to depict aspirated panda foetus gore”.

9 February 2014 at 16:24  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

I understand, Inspector, that giraffe meat...from a giraffe raised in captivity with a typical diet for cattle, of course... is indistinguishable from beef, which makes sense, because the animal is essentially a weird-looking cow which adapted morphologically to a narrow African food niche. The panda is too gastronomically specialized, hard to breed and is, yuk, merely a cute-looking version of the disgusting raccoon, which bedevils Avi's life by ripping through garbage cans, no matter how well closed, and nesting under the backyard porch. You can have my raccoons and all their extended family, and I'll even pay you to take them. The giraffe is definitely kosher and more importantly, halal too, which gives it a far wider market reach.
No reason not to breed herds of these silly-looking beasts in the under-used African plains for meat. The down-side would be having to build entirely new equipment and infrastructure (higher doors and ceilings to barn and abbatoirs so they don't bonk their heads?), I guess. A business venture to consider...Cattle Barons move over, here come the Giraffe Barons.

Hold on, can't leave without making a comment relevant to the post. All I have is a cautionary advice for those who understandably consider UKIP. Now is the best time to shape the party to your wishes, when its leadership is most needy and pliable, and to demand clear policy and stated commitments, not taking excuses with winks about having to toe the line temporarily on some stuff just to win. Saw this happen here in Canada with a center-right party which moved to the liberal center to get elected.

9 February 2014 at 16:33  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

Well encapsulated Graham Wood. The Cameronite wretches think they can scare us into not voting UKIP by telling us we'll 'let Labour in'.

They should have thought of that earlier. Anyway, what's the difference?

9 February 2014 at 17:18  
Blogger Roy said...

IanCad said:

What kind of parents would take their children to see such a spectacle?

Perhaps the sort of parents who cannot afford to take their children on a safari holiday in Africa where it is quite likely that they would see big cats eating game.

Are you a vegetarian or do you expect lions to be vegetarians? If not, what on earth are you complaining about?

9 February 2014 at 19:05  
Blogger IanCad said...


They are witnessing the unnecessary chopping up of a beautiful creature which, alive, presents a picture of grace and beauty. There is nothing natural about it.

So, you are saying that an exhibition of butchery is a substitute for a safari holiday?

There are many and plenty of travel videos where the all the tearing, slobbering and slashing can be seen in close-up detail for those who have a taste for such things.
I don't.

9 February 2014 at 19:17  
Blogger non mouse said...

If each side persists in deriding and denigrating the other instead of focusing on the primary mission, it is not only the election that will be lost, but many thousands of souls. Oh indeed, Your Grace.

And is it not also true that this motif of fragmentation is a dream beloved by marxist-deconstructionists, who apply it as the age-old tactic of "Divide and Conquer"? It's been done to us before, of course; the norman-frogules excelled in turning Celt against Saxon ....

Yet still we fall for it, and they keep us busy with argy-bargy (not revolution, yet) while the euSSR ratchets up its grip.

I say OiG's giraffe story works as an analogy here! If we consider ourselves (and/or other euros) as the giraffe ...
at the mercy of predators and useful 'children.'
Further - one wonders how Mr. Yeo, or any present-day politicians, imagine themselves in touch with 'public opinion'! Polls? Media gurus? Bread and Circuses? Oh, please.

9 February 2014 at 22:10  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

Did they save the giraffes' skin for handbags? Could have been sold to help fund the Environment Agency

9 February 2014 at 22:51  
Blogger Elby the Beserk said...

"Repel voters"? Well, that's a field in which Yeo is an expert.

9 February 2014 at 23:02  

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