Monday, September 22, 2008

The importance of praying for Gordon

As the Labour Party gathers for its conference, Cranmer’s conscience is seared by the need to confess.

His Grace would like it to be known that he is an avid supporter of Gordon Brown. This support is sincere and wholehearted. He thanks God for him, and prays for him day and night as he is exhorted to do (1Tim 2:1-4). He wishes him good health and a hugely successful conference. May all those plotting his downfall be confounded. May his enemies be scattered, and those who wish him ill fall under their own curse. May he be preserved by his shield and protected by armour, and may those who seek to politically undermine or publicly humiliate him be silenced and bound.

It seems vogue to suffix all manner of verbiage with ‘con’ these days. Daniel Hannan MEP and Douglas Carswell MP profess to be an Obamacons – Conservatives for Obama – and they seem able to sleep at night.

Well, Cranmer is a Gordocon. If the term has not yet been coined, let it be so now. For His Grace’s support is sincere. And there is no philosophical contradiction or oxymoronic tension.

Gordon Brown is the Conservative Party’s guarantee of victory at the next General Election. If he remains, the shift in public opinion towards David Cameron will be just as seismic as it was for Tony Blair in 1997. Any replacement leader will pose a threat to the Conservative Party, though the magnitudes will differ.

Jack Straw will have popular appeal – he is safe and secure. David Miliband has the brains for PMQs, but all the charisma of a dung beetle. John Cruddas is eloquent and forceful. James Purnell is young and charming. Ed Balls - Cranmer won't waste his time. Harriet Harman is cold and calculating, but the thought of Labour’s first woman prime minister will capture the popular imagination. Alan Johnson will be profoundly dangerous, for it is difficult not to like the man. He is Labour’s Ken Clarke, with an affable blokish familiarity, a warmth and a genuine concern. John Reid would also be a challenge for the Conservatives. His experience is formidable, having held most of the great offices of state. He is a thug in private, and persuasive in public. And Hazel Blears might just get Cranmer’s vote, purely for the entertainment factor.

None of these, of course, may present the Conservative Party with any long-term threat. But with rumours of a leadership contest, the emergence of a shiny new leader would yield a honeymoon period during which a general election would swiftly be called. Disenchanted Liberal Democrats might flock to Labour, and those erstwhile Labour voters who deserted their party over Iraq or any of the recent policy fiascos might be persuaded to give a new leader the benefit of the doubt.

So Cranmer is praying for Gordon Brown.

He is similarly praying for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

He has given up praying for Archbishop Rowan Williams.

But he reserves his most fervent intercessions for the Bishop of Rochester, and he hopes to see the day that David Cameron permits the name of Michael Nazir-Ali to be put to Her Majesty in consideration for the See of Canterbury.


Anonymous narcissa said...

Good morning, Your Grace. You seem to have been very generous in your assessment of the potential rivals. Narcissa's circle of friends judges entirely on appearance and perceived charm, and the general view is that Jack Straw looked better with specs; David Miliband is lopsided and wrong; James Purnell will be too busy with his A levels; Jacqui Smith has a name ending in i; Alan Johnson was a most reliable and trustworthy postman; Harriet Harman is too stupid, though her clothes are quite nice considering that she is a female politician and their standards are not high; Ed Balls is too stary and blinky; John Reid is too oh no not another Scot can't we have someone English for a change; and Hazel Blears is too ginger. We are stuck with Gordon, I fear, until the bitter end.

22 September 2008 at 10:45  
Anonymous G Eagle Esq said...

Your Grace

You use these amazing-ly erudite long-words, evidently derived from some obscure alien tongue

... "oxymoronic" ...


"EdBalls" ... & "HarrietHarman" .... & "HazelBlears" ...

Oh, I get it now

You mean :

Mr YVETTE COOPER, spouse of the Young Lady who forced these Ridiculous HIPS Packs when the Housing Market was already so fragile (not that she noticed or cared) .... the Lady has shewn how difficult it is to contain incompetence & ignorance when combined with arrogance, opportunity & power ... currently in the Treasury, she is that "safe pair of hands" now guiding us through financial turmoil relentlessly towards the Rocks of mass unEmployment

Mrs JACK DROMEY, wife of the Labour Party Treasurer - I forget what he said about the curious loans arriving in the Party's bank account


Iain Dale's Hamster

... and why have you made mention none of the Olympian Mrs DAVID MILLS

.... or Mrs DEREK GADD, the Opus Dei Criminalizer of your friendly neighbourhood Catholic Adoption Agencies, at least until this Government banned them

Yr Grace's obedt servant etc


22 September 2008 at 11:19  
Blogger The Gentleman Loser said...

"Gordon Brown is the Conservative Party’s guarantee of victory at the next General Election. If he remains, the shift in public opinion towards David Cameron will be just as seismic as it was for Tony Blair in 1997"

If Peter Hitchens is right will a victory for Dave make much difference?

22 September 2008 at 12:44  
Blogger Guanabat said...

No support for the Bishop of York here?

22 September 2008 at 13:21  
Blogger Stefan said...

Your Grace's interpretation of the communion of saints interceding for us mortals on earth surely implies a catholic understanding of the Church Triumphant.

(I note that the XXXIX Articles condemn only the "invocation of Saints", being silent upon the matter of them interceding as Your Grace is doing today. Ora pro nobis!)

22 September 2008 at 17:26  
Blogger Frugal Dougal said...

Your Grace,

May I beseech your intercession for Caroline Flint, who is more pleasant to cast one's gaze upon that the recipients of your prayers mentioned?

I remain

Your faithful servant

Frugal Dougal
Happy yellow dog of the fens (by appointment)

22 September 2008 at 23:26  
Blogger tachybaptus said...

No, Your Grace, this attitude isn't morally tenable: neither to pray for Gordon in Brown for pragmatic reasons, nor to exclude poor old Rowan Williams because you don't approve of him.

When you say 'Give us this day our daily bread', you are praying for us, all of us. You are praying that Robert Mugabe be given his daily bread, and that he may be forgiven his trespasses as he forgives them that trespass against him (and you are not allowed to interpret 'as' as 'insofar as', which would be a failure of Christian charity) and that he may not be led into temptation, and that he may be delivered from evil.

And, as it says earlier, you are praying, 'Thy will be done', and who are you, eminent as you may be, to second-guess what that will might be? To add riders to your prayers is morally equivalent to praying for your own football team to win, a dubious act.

23 September 2008 at 00:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ever heard the expression "flogging a dead horse "re gordon, and rowan,

24 September 2008 at 19:09  
Anonymous TheTruthIs... said...

Ordinary? Who the xxxx does he think he is?

He is not ordinary - just bonkers!

He needs a psychiatrists couch - thrown at him!

What a disingenuous load of political claptrap!

26 September 2008 at 16:16  

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