Monday, June 02, 2014

Robert Jenrick: "I don’t need to have a disabled daughter to know what it’s like"

Who? What?

There's a by-election this week in Newark, the seat vacated by the disgraced Conservative MP Patrick Mercer who stood down after being found guilty of breaching parliamentary lobbying rules - that is, using using his position for paid advocacy (ie 'cash for questions'). Newark has been considered a relatively safe Conservative seat over recent years (majority 16,000), though Labour took it marginally in 1997 (majority 3,000).

The battle is rather important for the Tories: they haven't actually won a by-election while in Government since 1989, when William Hague was elected MP for Richmond, Yorkshire. It would come as something of a personal boost to David Cameron if he were able to end that 25-year drought. Robert Jenrick has been chosen to fight on behalf of the Conservatives, and he is studiously on CCHQ-message 24/7.  Seriously, it is impossible to discern any individuality or authenticity from his utterances: he believes what he is told to believe. He is a sky-blue modernising Cameron clone.

And the battle is also rather important for Ukip: they have never won a by-election in their entire history, though they came quite close when Diane James beat the Tories into third place and came within a whisker of taking Eastleigh from the Liberal Democrats in 2013. Nigel Farage desperately needs Westminster representation - just one MP will suffice - if his bandwagon is going to carry on rolling. Ukip have chosen the redoubtable defector and former Tory Roger Helmer MEP as their candidate, and he is studiously not on anyone's message. His beliefs on same-sex marriage, homophobia, immigration and the Roman Catholic Church are individual, authentic and gloriously un-PC.

And so we learn that Mr Jenrick thinks David Cameron is doing a great job, that the Conservatives are God's gift to politics and that CCHQ is the bees-knees.

And we learn from Mr Helmer that Ukip is on a roll, only they can rescue us from the morass into which we are sinking, and that Nigel Farage is the way, the truth and the life.

But instead of focusing on the issues, they seem intent on making this by-election something of a class war, which is rather odd given their beliefs, backgrounds and respective earnings.

Robert Jenrick is a privileged Cameron clone and multi-millionaire, with (according to the Daily Mail), a "£5 million property portfolio and £500,000-a-year joint earnings". And Mr Helmer hasn't done too badly either as a Tory/Ukip MEP for the past 15 years, having taken home around £250,000 per annum in salary and 'allowances'.

Both live very comfortably and are manifestly well-heeled: some might say typical Tories. So it oughtn't to matter how many millions they have or how luxurious their pads are in London, Paris, Brussels and Vegas.

It certainly doesn't matter to His Grace: both the rich man in his castle and the poor man at his gate may be engaged or disengaged with the rest of creation; either may be a good or bad servant of God or a force for good or ill in the world.

But there is one line of the Mail interview with Robert Jenrick which caught His Grace's eye. When asked what he could possibly know of life on the breadline, he apparently responded: "I don’t need to have a disabled daughter to know what it’s like."

Now, with a prime minister who had a disabled son and who knows very well what it's like; and in a nation of around 11 million who live with some kind of disability, this appears to be a particularly crass comment. Though, to be generous, it is at least spontaneous and authentic.

His Grace is of the view that one does not need to be disabled in order to represent the interests of the disabled in Parliament, any more than one needs to be female, gay, lesbian, brown-skinned, black-skinned, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh or Hindu in order to advocate for any of these demographic groups in the democratic parliamentary process. Any compassionate human being of engaged reason has the capacity to watch, listen, understand and empathise.

But surely one does have to have a disabled daughter to know what it's like. Surely one has to have experienced the emotional traumas, the desperation, resentment, frustration and the months and years of medical treatment in order to know what it's like. Disability discrimination abounds: it is enshrined in the pages of the Old Testament in the rules for Levitical priesthood:
Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.
For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous,
Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded,
Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken;
No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the Lord made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God (Lev 21:17-21).
The supremacy of the able-bodied may be observed in all times and across all cultures: their chronic separation, stigma and suppression on the bottom rung of the socio-economic ladder has been a cause of intolerable, unimaginable suffering. The able-bodied cannot know their daily struggles or gauge how to verify their consciousness or oppression. Nor can they know anything of the father of the disabled child, and his propensity for illusion, folly, escape or destructive behaviour. We cannot identify the good with the bent of our own natures: our empathy may be natural, but generosity and compassion run against the grain of our depraved wills. The fact that we have to impose 'knowing' on our unwilling natures suggests that we cannot know by self-imposition what others know by natural or fatal infliction.

The highest good for humans - including politicians - is to love and take joy in the whole course of the world. It is also to know oneself and to speak the truth in love. The best MPs are those who can love those around them constantly, consistently and steadily, undiverted by their own pain and disappointments or their own partial interests. This is true public service, and it carries within itself the greatest intrinsic satisfaction - physical, material, psychological, mental and spiritual healing.

The people of Newark have an important choice to make this week, and their election could well seal the outcome of the next general election. For God's sake, choose wisely.


Blogger Gareth said...

What was he supposed to say? "I'm rich, shoot me"?

Who cares about the issues, lets select our representatives based on how convincing their fake sympathy is.

2 June 2014 at 10:14  
Blogger Len said...

I think any politician should be forced to live on Jobseekers allowance for 3 Months before he was allowed to take any sort of public office.

2 June 2014 at 10:19  
Blogger Len said...

Some things can only be learnt by direct experience.It is probably only by trying to use a wheelchair that one can experience the difficulties and emphasize with those using them.
It is great leaders who have been able to identify with the masses and the' posh boy image' of the Conservatives leaders has led to a sense of detachment from them and their policies for much of the electorate

And the" were all in it together"
has no credibility at all!.

2 June 2014 at 10:34  
Blogger IanCad said...

I am a Conservative.

Were I able to vote in this contest physiognomy alone would have me wavering.

On the one hand we have the sturdy Mr. Helmer;
Energetic, outspoken - a man of the world- quite at home farting, belching and being quite rude.
A man from whom you would expect an answer.

Then we have Mr. Jenrick.

Is he alive?

Has he ever been alive?

We Conservatives are doomed.

Pray, O pray for UKIP to win.

Surely that would lead toward new leadership in the CP.

2 June 2014 at 11:07  
Blogger David Hussell said...

An interesting piece Your Grace. Thank you.

I agree that to "feel" suffering you must have suffered yourself, however one can be a good representative without that direct emotional knowledge.

However as Len said, the Cameronists are so far removed from anything resembling everyday life the mass of the electorate cannot relate to them. They do not present as normal human beings, of the British type. In fact political speeches use language so divorced from everyday language, it is clear that the political elite have set themselves apart from us, hence much of the problem. This also explains a lot of the rise of Ukip and Farage of course. However as for His Grace's, "I am the way, the truth and the life", that made me laugh, but the whole point of successful politicians is that they must be seen as "of the people" whilst doing quite remarkable things, well and for the benefit of many, preferably all.
These two men strike me as total and utter opposites. Patrick, the "Conservative" is of the type of young man that used to be attracted to LibDems, but now they can join Dave's Liberal pretend Conservatives. Roger Helmer, a seasoned campaigner, is almost a little too large for life for me, as a Ukip supporter. But for either seeking pragmatic, rough and ready, fair and sensible ways forward, or getting out of a tight skirmish, I'd be happy with Roger, but I may exclaim to him occasionally, "enough", but then buy him a beer afterwards.

2 June 2014 at 11:12  
Blogger Uncle Brian said...

if hundreds of Catholic priests are paedophiles and I say they’re paedophile, it’s terrible.’

Sadly, all too true. Is "hundreds" an overstatement? I don't think so.

2 June 2014 at 11:21  
Blogger Ars Hendrik said...

I worked for a few years for a charity that tried to help disabled people find work. Even amongst the well-meaning the level of prejudice was astonishing. Disabled would-be employees were never considered to be as capable as the able-bodied, even where their disability could have no conceivable impact on the job, for example a wheelchair user's ability to type or answer a phone.

Most irritating of all, though, were those who always talked about the disabled in the third person, as Robert Jenrick seems to have done. 'I don't need to have a disabled daughter to know what it is like…' is to talk 'about' the disabled person as an outsider, as someone who has an 'effect' on others.

How about instead: 'I am not disabled, but I can at least try to imagine what it is like to live with a disability and perhaps also image how this would affect my family.' This, though, would require an attempt to see the person as a person, and not as an inconvenience that the good-hearted might make an effort to accommodate.

2 June 2014 at 11:28  
Blogger Ars Hendrik said...

Brian @ 11:21

Hundreds is not an overstatement, but out of a world-wide priesthood of over half a million it compared all too well with the other 'suspect' professions, and even families, I'm sorry to say. The data is out there, if anyone is interested.

I think Mr Helmer's point was that branding the Met as institutionally racist makes no sense as only a small minority of the organisation are racist. (Indeed, Macpherson himself could provide no satisfactory definition of the term.) If you are going to brand one organisation in this illogical fashion, why not others?

2 June 2014 at 11:34  
Blogger Shadrach said...

Your Grace,
One of your best critics of human nature. What makes us what we are?

I have a conflict as to who should get in at Newark. Frankly an Independent would put them all into gloom and doom. I don't want any politician to take comfort at this moment.

2 June 2014 at 11:49  
Blogger r33per said...

This is a little off-topic, YG, but I very much treasure Dr. Luke's account of Philip being sent to the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8.
A man who had had his stones broken, he, by his confession of faith in the work completed by Isaiah's Suffering Servant, gaining the right to approach the God of gods.

Thank God that, in Christ, abnormal ailments of the body and mind are no longer prevent us from access to the Almighty.

2 June 2014 at 13:01  
Blogger Alison Judith Bailey said...

I modernised a fine Victorian book discussing whether the able-bodied can walk in the hidden other country of disability and chronic illness. I had one myself.

People with a keen imagination can be kind - which is noted and remembered by the sick and disabled as a true test of noble character. God also remembers what we do to the disabled and blesses those who are supportive.

It requires support groups to be fully understanding and even then fellow sufferers may only appreciate one part of someone's unique trial.

Chronic illness immediately (re)creates spontaneous and authentic people because illness destroys the mask created by self deception, pride and strength. The citizens of this "other country" are generally wise and sensible: they know and accept the frailty of the human condition. Some do rely on God more and know Him far better, because amazingly He carries them - as He promised.

They end up with a wider vision of what is going on in society and life and know the full range of voters too. Staying in a job is the most that many can do thanks to the Disability Discrimination Act. Work statistics show their loyalty and attendance is higher than average.

A few do become the great and good, but probably not through becoming an MP, or through being ordained. I have never seen a clearly disabled clergyperson. Hence even sermons lack real insight.

2 June 2014 at 14:36  
Blogger Owl said...

I would have thought that the people of Newark have to decide which candidate would serve them best.

On paper Roger Helmer has good form, Robert Jenrick has none (being a clone of DC is like adding a 10 stone handicap).

Roger does look a winner.

2 June 2014 at 14:41  
Blogger Shadrach said...

Looking at the picture of Robert Jenrick I am reminded of the saying;
Employ a teenager whilst he knows everything!

2 June 2014 at 15:35  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Well spotted YG

Another Conservative clone fresh out of the laboratory, 32 is far too young to be an MP, you'd think CCHQ would have learned by now.

My money's on Mr Helmer, he knows the area, he's had a career as a businessman, experienced life and seems to have a bit of backbone. Voters would be fools not to vote for him.

2 June 2014 at 16:13  
Blogger Uncle Brian said...

Alison Judith Bailey

I have never seen a clearly disabled clergyperson.

I lived for many years in a place where our local parish church was run by the Carmelite order (OCD). One elderly friar was never seen out of his wheelchair. When he celebrated mass, which he did several times a week, they would place a special low table for him at the foot of the altar steps. Easy.

2 June 2014 at 16:54  
Blogger Chiff said...

Our disabled daughter reached 36 this year. Caring for her and supporting her is not a lot easier now than when she was born, just that the stresses and burdens have changed over the years. It is presumptuous of Robert Jenrick to claim to know what it is like for us, and the many parents like us, to have and to care for a disabled daughter.

2 June 2014 at 17:00  
Blogger Lucy Mullen said...

I thoroughly and completely agree with HG on this. And Chiff, having been there myself -but not to the extent of Chiff.

Many decent parents will not tell you the full extent of the difficulties they have faced, because of loyalty, and because the child often bears the greater burden. Families with disabled children are discriminated against in all sorts of ways, even, God help us, at times, by the Church. LCD folk religion has always wondered whether the child or parents might not be to blame, hence John Ch.9, and this still occurs, despite what Jesus says there.

I have even come across someone told by a higher up person in the church heirarchy that "a disabled child means a disabled family"; a very unhelpful sentiment because you cannot afford to think of yourself that way if you need to be super on top of everything to cope. The vast majority of those who have never had a disabled relation to care for have very little idea indeed.
For those parents most affected it is a 24 hr marathon every day, taking shifts and I have great respect for their fortitude and patience. They are very time poor, and very underrepresented, because people like this have no energy to campaign for anything; they are too busy coping, invisible to society at large.

Hope things ease off for you Chiff. All the best.

2 June 2014 at 18:52  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

What we have these days is the reluctance of politicians to say anything which isn’t scripted beforehand and vetted by a party advisor. This is somewhat annoying for the people they are hoping to represent as they would like some honest idea of what the character of the individual is. But can you blame these people in the spotlight from clamming up ?

Here we have our own Archbishop grabbing hold of what is a somewhat throwaway line and analysing it like it was some hospital patient’s sample in a laboratory. A considered valuation thereof followed. Quite unnecessary – he didn’t really deserve the sermon, now did he ?

So ease off old chap, if you will. It’s hard enough to get anything real out of these blighters as it is…

By the bye, excellent description there – “Cameron clone”. With gay marriage still very much a weeping sore, that should queer the fellows pitch, what !

2 June 2014 at 18:54  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

I have a disabled daughter. Her name is Sarah and she has autism and epilepsy. She loves life, has a sincere if simple Christian faith and fell on the railway track last year after a fit at the station.

Two of my friends also have disabled daughters. They have my profound sympathy. My Sarah is mobile, Cariad and Tash are not. But I do not know how my friends feel.

Only a real plonker would say such a thing.

2 June 2014 at 22:20  
Blogger Lucy Mullen said...

@ Steve

You are right. Similarity of situation plus imagination get you part of the way, but never the whole of it.

And HG is very right.

IG in O, a wise man doesn't make throw away comments on deeply sensitive subjects; isn't that reasonable?

2 June 2014 at 22:47  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

Lucy. The man is flesh and blood. He’s a mere politician. Forgive him his trespass. Same goes for you Appleseed.

2 June 2014 at 23:05  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

To be fair, they both appear somewhat light-weight to Happy Jack. Is this really the best on offer from the Conservatives and UKIP? What a sorry state of affairs.

The comment from Robert Jenrick was crass. So too was Roger Helmer's about the Roman Catholic Church being "systematically paedophile". He showed an ignorance of both institutional racism, what it means and entails, as well an ignorance of Catholicism.

3 June 2014 at 00:40  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

Granted, Inspector. I am obliged to forgive as I need to be forgiven my trespasses. As the Apostle James wrote ' For we all make many mistakes' and I am certainly no exception.

But if these candidates are the best on offer......did I mention that we're doomed?

3 June 2014 at 08:50  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

PS on disabled clergy:

The reverend Andrew White 'The vicar of Baghdad'

One of the very finest of men who has done more than many able bodied ministers while living with MS.

3 June 2014 at 08:58  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

Helmer's 'tache has to go - he looks like a Col Blimp,

3 June 2014 at 10:23  
Blogger Lucy Mullen said...

@IG in O

I don't see where forgiveness comes in. A proposition was made. Namely that you do not have to have a disabled daughter to know what it is like. This is an important matter. No, to some people an extremely important matter, that makes a massive difference to the whole of their lives.

His Grace took the proposition and ably demolished it. I agree.
I don't think anyone suggested we harbour deep and lasting resentment to the man. I have difficulty even remembering his name without referring back.

It is an important issue to discuss, and maybe one that some people feel uncomfortable with, and that is not so frequently aired. I, like Steve, have been there, and it was a shock to discover that after diagnosis the invitations to other children's social events dried up very quickly, amongst rather a lot of worse shocks, which it would be tedious and unwise to list. It is not a matter of forgiveness. I have actually had ministry for that and done that, and it is a heaviness beyond what you are likely to conceive which I would never wish to pick up again nor wish upon anyone. It is a matter of ensuring that the next generation of parents has a better time of it, and is not kicked when they are down. Part of that is for people to stop and think what they may be shouldering and to treat them decently, not to think that they know, and not to get there too quickly when they imagine they might.

3 June 2014 at 11:11  
Blogger Father David said...

"Helmer's 'tache has to go - he looks like a Col. Blimp"
Nonsense, it is a most suitable comedy facial attachment for a ukip candidate. Personally I think it makes him look more like Mr. Pastry, the comic character played to perfection in the 1950s by Richard Hearn.

3 June 2014 at 11:24  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

As Lucy says, I could write a lot about having a disabled child, but it would be tedious and sad. Some people are very kind, others prefer to keep their distance...

But this 'beauty contest' way of choosing our leaders leavescso much to be desired. I read someone write about a US Democrat nomination race a few years back ' Their best won't stand and their worst won't quit'.

Not saying I would be a good MP, although no worse than some of the wretches who infest Westminster, but I wouldn't dare stand because of the dirt digging and mud slinging.

I think the model is broken. But how to fix it?

3 June 2014 at 13:01  
Blogger Ars Hendrik said...

Lucy and Steve - there is nothing tedious in sharing your experiences because they will help to educate those of us who do not know what it is like to have the care of a disabled child.

A simple example. My son, who is now at secondary school, was in the same class as a Down's syndrome boy at primary school. Everyone seemed to get on and the school did everything to keep him involved and included.

It wasn't until the children were leaving the school that his mother mentioned to me that he had never been invited to a children's party. Never.

I think it was because the other children, who were very good to him in class, just didn't see him in the same way that they saw each other. As parents, we thought everything was OK because it seemed OK.

I really wish that his mother had been able to educate me as to what was happening, because I was utterly clueless at the time.

3 June 2014 at 13:13  
Blogger IanCad said...

As to the hirsute question, it makes a great contrast between he who is able grow one (or a pair) and he who would, seemingly, be unable to do so.
Now, a full beard. That would be more like it.

I do not know any minister who is disabled but I did have a wonderful RI teacher who was wheelchair bound.
What an inspiration! He was the only master about whom I heard no ill even though he was referred to as "Creeping Jesus"

3 June 2014 at 14:53  
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3 June 2014 at 15:36  
Blogger Preacher said...

Disabled people are to put it simply PEOPLE who have disabilities that those of us that are more fortunate do not have.
They may need assistance at times to do certain things that we take for granted & we should all be prepared to help in any way that we can, they are our brothers & sisters, made in God's image.

I remember Joni Eariksson's struggle after being confined to a wheelchair after a diving accident left her Quadraplegic. She prayed one night to God, saying "You have no idea what it's like to not be able to move!" The answer came directly, as she was reminded of the suffering of the Cross.

May God Bless all parents & family who love & care for the disabled, 24/7/365.
For those thoughtless folk that show their lack of compassion & understanding. Please ensure the brain is in gear before engaging the mouth in drive. Thank you!.

3 June 2014 at 15:36  
Blogger Len said...

I though I was the only one on this site old enough to remember 'Mr Pastry'?.

3 June 2014 at 16:45  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

So did Happy Jack Len!


Where's ole Blowers these days? He'll remember him too.

3 June 2014 at 16:50  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

Lucy. You’ve said “a wise man doesn't make throw away comments on deeply sensitive subjects; isn't that reasonable?”

The fellow is 32. At that age, he would be beginning to come to understand what wisdom really is. To actually expect him to have any is rather pushing it, don’t you think ?

3 June 2014 at 17:06  
Blogger IanCad said...


Again I say; look at the guy!

He just doesn't have it.
And to think that William Pitt became Prime Minister when he was twenty four.
Boy! Have we gone downhill or what?

I fear for this country. Soft, effeminate types seem to be the flavour of the age as far as the CP is concerned.

Either that or the most dreadful man-eating harridans whose barely contained rage is reflected in their hard, horrible visages.

3 June 2014 at 17:36  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Pop Goes The Weasel

3 June 2014 at 17:42  
Blogger Mike Stallard said...

Disabled daughter! The Ace of Trumps Question!

"Ukip have chosen the redoubtable defector and former Tory Roger Helmer MEP as their candidate, and he is studiously not on anyone's message. His beliefs on same-sex marriage, homophobia, immigration and the Roman Catholic Church are individual, authentic and gloriously un-PC."
You can do better than that.

Do you read Roger Helmer's blog regularly? He is an expert on climate change, energy and all that stuff. He is also an MEP so he knows what if going on in Brussels.
I cannot honestly remember reading anything on that blog (until today) about homosexuality or anything like that.
Play the ball, not the man.

3 June 2014 at 17:55  
Blogger Father David said...

The Tories while in office haven't won a by-election since William "only 24 hours to save the pound" Hague won Richmond in 1989. Mr. Hague was in fact younger then than the current candidate in the Newark by-election. Whatever happened to Hague, where is he now I wonder?

3 June 2014 at 18:22  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

Absolutely IanCad, so long as these dandies look the part, it doesn’t matter what’s up top. And the ladies like the look too. You see, the fairer sex are very much out for a soul mate these days. Started out that way around the 1980s so one remembers. Probably when single mothers became well financed by the state – no more need to search out for a reliable loyal type who’d be a good father when you could find a gentler type who’ll comfort you when you weep over some mawkish film. Weep with you even. Yuk !

Came as a bit of a disappointment to this man and his fellows, who’d been brought up on John Wayne and Randolph Scott films. Now, THEY were men and their women loved them for it...

3 June 2014 at 18:27  
Blogger IanCad said...


Oh Dear! Oh Dear!! Inspector.
I'm afraid you're in for a great disillusionment regarding Randolph Scott.

Not a straight shooter at all.

Hollywood at its finest.
As bent then as now.

3 June 2014 at 19:50  
Blogger Brian West said...

Father David 18:22 : William Hague is now Foreign Secretary.


3 June 2014 at 19:58  
Blogger Father David said...

So Brian that young shaver Hague has climbed the greasy pole and is now Foreign Secretary, is he? In that case I shall follow young Jenrick's political career with great interest after he is elected to serve as the M. P. for Newark this coming Thursday

3 June 2014 at 20:15  
Blogger Jay Bee said...

Robert Jenrick has been re-christened Robert Generic in honour of his status as a Cameroon Clone whose every utterance is on message due to the implant that keeps him in constant touch with CCHQ. Pity they didn't vet his CV. Oh dear me, a Managing Director of Christie's he allegedly isn't. Locals are not impressed nor were they aware of his vast wealth until the press and bloggers grassed him up.

I particularly warmed to the reaction from one outraged individual who suggested that anyone in Newark who was considering voting Conservative should take a half hour drive down to Peterborough, where they could experience the richness of mass immigration and a taste of their own future first hand.

3 June 2014 at 20:42  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

IanCad, you are a one, don’t you know.

If there was any evidence that Randolph Scott batted for the other side, the benders would have claimed him by now.

They have not !

3 June 2014 at 21:09  
Blogger Len said...

I think the 'gayness' [or not] of film stars is something that will attract His Graces wrath if you pursue this obsession of yours much further further Inspector?.

3 June 2014 at 22:02  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Of course, anyone can be shown to be gay.


Dickens was gay. He had ten children and a mistress because he was trying to conceal the fact from the world.

The lack of evidence proves the point: it must have been there or he wouldn't have hidden it so well.

By the same line of reasoning, Aquinas was an atheist: or he wouldn't have made such a fuss about proving the existence of God. God is an atheist. And so on.

In a world where the Macpherson Report was possible, so is every other conceivable lunacy.

3 June 2014 at 22:20  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

Len. One sees you straining as the shameful twit you are to keep up on this blog...

3 June 2014 at 22:29  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

How in the name of all that is far from pleasant did THIS thread get subverted to homosexuality?

Its like that game 'Mornington Crescent' they play on rafio 4's 'Sorry I haven't a clue'.

3 June 2014 at 22:45  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Explorer, Happy Jack was pleased to see your return.

He enjoyed your last comment very much.

By the same reasoning, God must exist otherwise He wouldn't keep Himself so well hidden from so many.


3 June 2014 at 22:52  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

Sarah is quite a sweet 26 year old child apart from her appalling stammer, obsession with birthdays and bus timetables and complete insensitivity to other people's lack of interest in this sort of thing. As Lucy said, other parent's don't invite, and in the neo charismatic church we used to attend it was of course our fault for not having the faith for a healing. Not that anyone would put it that way of course. No grandchildren to look forward to and no photos past the age of 6 due to the autism. Lots of calls from the emergency services due to petit mal and occasionally major fits in the street.

Told you it was tedious and sad. But Sarah has a child's faith and knows where she is going when her sojourn in this vale of tears is over.

A lot of people are much worse off, but it would have been easier if we could have got respite care when we needed it and with control of the bullying and exclusion at school.

3 June 2014 at 22:57  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Thanks HJ.

Very intermittent appearances from me for the next week or so, but after that I hope to be back with regular contributions.

Re that proof of God's existence, Aquinas would have been proud of you!

3 June 2014 at 22:59  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Happy Jack said...

So did Happy Jack Len!


Where's ole Blowers these days? (He feel off a ladder and hurt his ribs, the silly old fool!!! Lost balance, ladder went from under me, bounced offf car bonnet onto ladder. As they were aluminum rather than his metal ones ,thank the Lord, he crushed the legs. No more going up ladders for old Ernst without someone there to steady them. Getting to sleep is awful.)

He'll remember him too. (Indeed. see below. A forgotten British comic genius)


4 June 2014 at 08:27  
Blogger Len said...

Good to see you back blowers was wondering what had happened.

4 June 2014 at 08:39  
Blogger Father David said...

Dear Blowers,
I'm sorry to hear about your accident, I wish you and speedy recovery and hope that you are soon well enough to dance the Lancers.

4 June 2014 at 08:51  
Blogger Len said...

I think the 'traditional' political Parties are in deep trouble.
Cameron has' modernized' the Conservative Party to make it in line with a' progressive' modern outlook taking on board 'the new moral outlook'. These new Conservatives seem to be young , rich a touch arrogant and totally out of touch with the man in the street.
Nigel Farage came in like a breath of fresh air he is (or appears to be) 'one of us'.
Labour (people have long memories) are the party that got us into 'this fine mess' in the first place.
Clegg , seems like a secondhand car salesman who is telling us what a good deal he can give us but is fast losing all credibility.
What the people want is 'real politicians' that they can identify with not some politically correct 'yes man'.
The result of the Newark by -election will be interesting to say the least.

4 June 2014 at 09:05  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Blowers, my post disappeared !

Happy Jack is sorry to hear of your accident and wishes you a swift recovery. He trusts too you did not damage the motor car too much when you bounced off it and that Mrs Blowers has forgiven you.

You must stop living your life as a Looney Tune character thinking you are indestructible!

4 June 2014 at 12:52  
Blogger Manfarang said...

A week is a long time in poltics as Harold Wilson said.
Ukip will not be holding the balance of power after the next General Election.They will be lucky to win any seats. They are just old tired politicians that have captured the protest vote.

6 June 2014 at 04:33  
Blogger Anthony Joseph said...

"I think any politician should be forced to live on Jobseekers allowance for 3 Months"

Try three years.

12 June 2014 at 05:59  

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