Tuesday, September 25, 2007

An outbreak of Brown-tongue

Cranmer is nauseated. “I am a conviction politician,” said the Prime Minister: “I will not let you down.” Listening to the peroration, it is clear that his thespian skills have been honed at the Blair Academy of Dramatic Art, and he has learnt how to deliver a line with feeling, integrity, and a winning smile. It was a very proficient performance indeed, but as devoid of reality as theatre itself.

The speech was replete with some innately Conservative thinking – GP choice, hospital choice, one-to-one education, support led by the voluntary sector, the notion of ‘Britishness’ - and the Conservative Party must embrace these initiatives, and boast about their genesis, and witness some of their own agenda fulfilled as a prelude to the authentic. But after a decade of New Labour, for which Mr Brown was responsible for the billions of pounds poured into its policies, the nation’s social structure is still crumbling: crime has increased, taxes have soared, programmes to cater for infants have failed, pensions are in terminal decline, education standards are abysmal, prisoners are wrongly released, immigration policy in chaos, the tax system incoherent and convoluted, and millions of unemployed have either been employed by the state in one of a million non-jobs, or simply been re-classified so as to remove them from the official statistics altogether.

But what really irritated Cranmer was this little section:

We all remember that biblical saying: "suffer the little children to come unto me." No Bible I have ever read says: "bring just some of the children."

How dare he. How very dare he.

Off he pontificated, about how ‘every child deserves the best possible start in life’, how they have ‘lifted 600,000 children out of poverty’ by doubling child benefits and trebling maternity allowances, and bestowing upon 6 million families the soviet ‘Child Tax Credit’. And he and he alone will suffer ‘the children of two parent families, one parent families, foster parent families; to the widow bringing up children’, because he and he alone stands for a Britain ‘that supports as first class citizens not just some children and some families but supports all children and all families’.

It is the clear inference that the Conservative Party preaches a gospel for ‘just some of the children’ that is an appalling caricature of an utterly coherent compassionate Conservative philosophy. The Conservative Party does not ‘write children off’, or ignore families and ‘teenagers in trouble’. On the contrary, Conservatism is about identifying the gifts and talents of every child, and tailoring an education to permit each child to realise his or her true potential. If that is academic, they should be stretched academically; if it is vocational, there must be respected and credible vocational training; if the child excels in the arts or sport, they should be liberated to develop their talents, not crammed into a one-size-fits-all Socialist Comprehensive system which has been the sole cause of the decline in education standards. And neither should they be packed off to pseudo-universities to obtain third class degrees in golf course management, witchcraft, or Posh and Becks studies, if they don’t drop out first, in order to fulfil some arbitrary government quota which demands that 50% of school leavers must enter university irrespective of aptitude or ability.

Conservatism suffers all the little children to come unto it, because it is wholly in accord with nature. Selection by ability or aptitude is observable in all of creation; people are different, and those variations should be embraced, not measured against some artificially constructed touchstone. Conservatism creates a natural environment for children in which they can risk, compete, explore and excel; Socialism creates artificial constructs which eliminate risk, which considers competition anathema, and demands conformation irrespective of ability or aptitude.

God forbid that parents should permit Mr Brown to suffer their precious children. Trust this man, and as sure as night follows day, you will be let down.


Anonymous Alexandrian said...

I too was irritated by that bit, Your Grace.

If that is the best Mr Brown can do, he would be well advised to avoid references to the Bible in future speeches.

25 September 2007 at 07:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quoting the Scriptures to justify a system which undermines marriage?

Hardly a conviction politician, just gimmicks top to bottom.

25 September 2007 at 07:42  
Anonymous Alexandrian said...

Well, whether the system actually undermines marriage or not, it is certainly designed to send a signal that cohabitation is just as good as marriage - which, while undoubtedly the attitude of the Labour party, flies in the face of the teaching of the Bible.

Such a use of Scripture verges on the offensive. Nausea is, indeed, an appropriate response.

Now if Mr Brown had meant "We must suffer the children to come unto the Saviour - not just the children of Christians, but the children of Muslims, Jews, atheists and agnostics, - so my government will be making Sunday School compulsory" - well, that would have shown a heart more in tune with what our Lord meant in his instruction. It would not, of course, have gone down quite so well at a Labour Party conference.

25 September 2007 at 08:44  
Anonymous Mike H said...

If only Your Grace could speak at the forthcoming conference....

25 September 2007 at 12:48  
Anonymous The Recusant said...

To digress from Mr Brown’s recent self-proclaimed elevation to a deity, You Grace may be interested in the following letter published in the latest Sunday Times, although I would be surprised had you not already read it Richard Rex Reader in Reformation History

25 September 2007 at 13:25  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

What does "British" mean nowadays and what have Brown and New Labour ever done but smash the country? It's like Herod proclaiming his love of children. The more politicians sell themselves to and work for a minority, the more they posture about caring for everyone.

25 September 2007 at 15:48  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

And this nation of idiots is going to re-elect him. Can that REALLY be true?

25 September 2007 at 16:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was as disgusted as you, your Grace. For a start, Jesus was referring to bringing children into the kingdom of God. I hope that Gordon was not. More the kingdom of welfare dependency.

He also referred to the parable of the talents, conveniently forgetting that a talent in this case is a unit of currency, not an inherent ability. The fact that he says "everyone of us should be able to use that talent" is astounding. He's the very reason why most of us don't have a talent, or in this case pound.

for someone who claims to be well-read, he comes across as a Biblical ignoramus.

25 September 2007 at 17:52  
Blogger Lord Higham- Murray said...

High time I got over here and what a pleasant surprise. Now I can see why you're up there. Blogrolling following and inflicting myself on you, old chap, from henceforth. Forgot - congrats too on the Top 100. Also - liked your piece in the Guide.

25 September 2007 at 22:36  
Blogger Daily Referendum said...

Well done on the 6th place:)

25 September 2007 at 23:48  
Anonymous Ultraviolence said...

Of course in Gordon Browns mind if someone is found to have no talent this can only mean that not enough money and time has been invested in them.

Which leads us to educational conscription. To ensure talent for all. Don't you knoqw.

26 September 2007 at 02:24  
Anonymous Terry said...

suffer the little children to be adopted by homosexual couples...

26 September 2007 at 17:59  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

So funny Your Grace! Yes, I agree. He, like others like him, are driven by some insane passion to make everyone the same, except for themselves of course, or their own children.

The belief that the Left has of Conservatives being evil is a kind of brainwashing which is hard to see through. It takes years of wrestling with oneself to abandon it.

26 September 2007 at 20:24  

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