Thursday, October 08, 2009

David Cameron’s DNA – family, community and country

These, he said, were the things he cares about.

And so David Cameron expounded his mildly-theological mission statement – ‘Modern Conservatives, New Britain'. And this would be a Britain which would not only roll back the frontiers of the state, but would do so in an environmentally friendly manner. He touched on all the traditional great Tory themes – family, society, institutions and nationhood – and he vowed to restore common sense, respect, decency and fair play to a society which has been bereft of such virtues for more than a decade. He refreshingly spoke more of responsibility than rights, more of community than the individual, more of ‘we’ than ‘I’.

Setting out his vision for Britain, Mr Cameron said: “I see a country where more children grow up with security and love because family life comes first. I see a country where you choose the most important things in life - the school your child goes to and the healthcare you get.

“I see a country where communities govern themselves - organising local services, independent of Whitehall, a great handing back of power to people. I see a country with entrepreneurs everywhere, bringing their ideas to life - and life to our great towns and cities.

“I see a country where it's not just about the quantity of money, but the quality of life; where we lead the world in saving our planet. I see a country where you're not so afraid to walk home alone.

“We are going to solve our problems with a stronger society, stronger families, stronger communities, a stronger country. All by rebuilding responsibility.”

And he pledged to ‘tear down Labour's big government bureaucracy, ripping up its time-wasting, money-draining, responsibility-sapping nonsense.'

It is not quite the Beatitudes, but it was compassionate and conservative in a thoroughly Anglican way: it was uplifting and edifying stuff.

But Cranmer has a ‘but’.

Though it is the most cordial, mildest and politest of ‘buts’.

The social arrangements of (post-)modern Britain no longer acknowledge precedence, respect our institutions or even adhere to a cohesive morality. The disintegration of authority has led to the collapse of justice and resulted in a social fragmentation which demands ‘equality’ for everyone and ‘freedom’ to express anything. Liberalism is pervasive, and this is fundamentally at odds with Conservatism.

The purpose of establishment is to prevent fragmentation and restore cohesion. That is why it is the greatest of political themes and the most important of Conservative aims. Yet how can this be revived unless individuals are prepared to recognise – in this or that individual, in this or that office – a vested authority by which their gospel of relativity may be constrained or redefined? How can one assert a particular view of society and bring it to ideological fulfilment without making people subject to the power of the state whose frontiers one has pledged to roll back?

It is one thing to take people to a mountaintop and share the ecstasy of the vision; but the realising of it is a matter of the utmost political delicacy. Establishment – including that of the Church – is necessary to uphold the authority and sustain the morality by which the political will is achieved.

And David Cameron’s political vision can never be achieved while there is a superior parliament, court, government, president and pervasive secular orthodoxy to which every family, community and the whole country are presently subject.


Blogger ZZMike said...

The Ship of State does not easily turn about. The country has been going on its merry way for a while now, and it will not be easy to recover.

I do wish you all well, though.

8 October 2009 at 16:51  
Anonymous Ian Thorpe said...

You would know more than most of us aout social fragmentation Archbishop Cranmer, during your Archbishopric society was fragmented as supporters of King Henry's church struggled for precedence with the Puritans, those who would return to Rome and even factions who believed Henry Tudor was a usurper and thus Henry VIII was not the true King.

I must take issue with your use of the word "liberal" though, having set myself a mission to reclaim the usurpers liberal ideology. The politically correct thinkers of New Labour and the Lib Dems are no more liberal than the regime of kim Jong Il in North Korea.

There methods of trying to impose theor world view on us all is blatantly authoritarian. Therir message is "Think what we tell you or we will remove your right to think."

8 October 2009 at 17:17  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Nice speech. Has he okayed this project with the faceless and unelected fascists in Brussels?

Thought not.

All empty words and hot air again.

8 October 2009 at 17:55  
Anonymous Old Grumpy said...

Your Grace - as Grostic has so eloquently put it, all that DC has done is a little preaching to the faithful.

The eu will quickly stamp on anything it doesn't like, and the tory faithful are kidding themselves if they think otherwise

The PM has, or will have, post Lisbon, as much power as the chief executive of Cleethorpes council (no offence, there, Cleethorpes, simply an alliteration)

I predict mostly no change in anything which matters after the next election. Probably, though, a lot of things will get worse, and the new rafts of eu power makes themselves felt.

8 October 2009 at 18:19  
Blogger Preacher said...

By the time Brown has completed his scorched Earth policy as he retreats from power there will be an awful lot of rebuilding just to establish what remains of this country. Of course he will be off to EU heaven where St Blair will have prepared a place for him among the saintly hierarchy of the St Kinnocks & co there they will live in peace until crushed under the heel of the NWO puppet masters they have served so well.
I only hope that DC is ready, willing & able for the fight of his life & doesn't turn out to be just another dissapointing hot air balloon. The people will support him IF he shows his mettle.

8 October 2009 at 18:56  
Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

Which is why ultimately it makes little difference who is in power. Your Grace, you always back the Conservatives as if somehow they have the answer. But they do not. They are politicians like anyone else and they must win the vote of the people to succeed. And if the people are liberal and demand that their every whim be satisfied, then we are doomed because all politicians will give the people what they want. Is this not so?

8 October 2009 at 19:22  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

No, Ms Snuffy, that is not so.

Conservatism is not necessarily practised by those who call themselves Conservatives.

A true Conservative will not only resist the forces of what has become known as liberalism, but will understand the strategy for doing so, and that involves establishment. There needs to be a 'theology' of authority. David Cameron understands this, though (sadly) he leads a party which scarcely grasps it.

8 October 2009 at 19:51  
Anonymous churchmouse said...

Well said, Your Grace. And courteously, too!

8 October 2009 at 20:26  
Blogger Frugal Dougal said...

"The social arrangements of (post-)modern Britain no longer acknowledge precedence, respect our institutions or even adhere to a cohesive morality. The disintegration of authority has led to the collapse of justice and resulted in a social fragmentation which demands ‘equality’ for everyone and ‘freedom’ to express anything. Liberalism is pervasive, and this is fundamentally at odds with Conservatism."

What we need therefore is a wholesale revolution, à la Margaret Thatcher.

8 October 2009 at 22:30  
Anonymous non mouse said...

I agree with Frugal Dougal about the Revolution - though am less sanguine about Thatcher. She acquiesced to the Treaty of Rome.

8 October 2009 at 22:47  
Blogger ukipwebmaster said...

Queen Elizabeth or King Tony?

9 October 2009 at 00:33  
Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

Your Grace
I wish I understood what you mean by 'theology of authority'.

I like your expression 'resist the forces of liberalism'. I try to do this daily. Sadly, I am not winning.

9 October 2009 at 01:08  
Blogger ukipwebmaster said...

Sorry - Wrong link:

9 October 2009 at 01:32  
Anonymous Atlas Shrugged said...

What we need therefore is a wholesale revolution, à la Margaret Thatcher.

I believe you will get your revolution during your lifetime. But I don't think you are going to like it much, if at all. However it is an ill wind that blows no one any good.

The New World Order is many things, one of which is a massive and rather sharpish transfer of wealth and power to more or less the other side of the world.

I would suggest buying GOLD, and as much as you can possibly purchase. I did 8 years ago, and have made so much money I don't really know what to do with it all. Apart from buying more GOLD that is.

My wife now calls me GOLDFINGER.

9 October 2009 at 02:48  
Blogger Manfarang said...

"transfer of wealth and power to the other side of the world"
I don't think Dave has much Genghis Khan DNA.

9 October 2009 at 04:22  
Blogger Gnostic said...


It may have escaped your attention that Brenda has already given her Royal Assent to the Lisbon Treaty. In fact she did so with unseemly haste. Without her assent the Lisbon Treaty could not have been ratified by our pariah government. Our own monarch is as complicit in this treasonous behaviour as is Brown and Blair.

She's an educated woman so presumably she read the treaty before she signed it and was fully aware of its implications for the Monarchy and the country she swore to defend. She is also supposed to be a constitutional monarch and in her coronation oath swore to defend the laws of this country. Signing over our sovereignty to a foreign entity without so much as a raised voice isn't defence, it's the most abject and faithless form of surrender.

We have a Monarch who has foresworn her oath to her people. We have a Prince of Wales who petitions for a pernicious and barbaric faith alien to these shores whom he publicly professes he will defend when he becomes king. This country has been betrayed on all levels, is STILL being betrayed. Raising a cheer for a foresworn monarch is a hollow and insulting gesture. It's grandstanding of the worst kind and achieves precisely NOTHING.

God SAVE the Queen? Don't you mean God HELP her?

9 October 2009 at 08:10  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

The daily Telegraph this morning said that Cameron used the phrase, ‘family, community and country’ and that it was familiar to the middle-classes.

It is not ‘familiar’ to the middle-classes. What is familiar is ‘God, family and country.’

The family unit, the basic building block of society, needs to acquire eternal values from somewhere for it to be sustained; for example, ‘Honour thy Father and Mother’. That is the fifth commandment that is between the commandments that teach us to love our Creator and our fellow man.

Social relationships in this country are increasingly fragmented and deference to authority is evaporating. The Church began to lose its authority, in this country, as far back as the 1960s, with Bishop Robinson’s book ‘Honest to God’ and since then the liberal attack has accelerated.

The dominant cultural theme of post-modern Britain has been moral relativism an inevitable consequence once the authority of ‘Absolute Biblical norms’ (for example, ‘Thou shalt not murder’) were swept aside. We must not forget that the norms in the Bible have informed our national well-being for centuries; for example, the Law being given to the Israelites, Moses becoming the Chief Executive Officer and establishing a judiciary.

The socially destructive cultural theme of moral relativity is now supported by law; for example, the Human Rights Act 1998. The fundamental operation of this Act is to install rights within the individual. Individuals then become possessors of rights. In consequence for a right to have any meaning someone else (the State) must have a duty to fulfil that right. Whilst as in times past a neighbour would have intervened to silence feral youth in their cursings – the neighbour today dare not intervene for fear of an accusation by youth which might lead to his arrest and prosecution by the Crown.

Judaeo-Christianity has almost, with the support of the civil and criminal law, vacated the public square. The function of the norms of Judaeo-Christianity would often act as a brake on people to commit ant-social behaviour and thus suppress the need for State involvement. For example, the radical transformative effect of Judaeo-Christianity upon men (for example, Welsh miners) who would spend their days beating poor donkeys, swearing, cursing and fighting each other was seen in the great Welsh revivals at the beginning of the 20th Century. Jesus had such an affect upon those men that the poor pit-ponies could not understand their masters’ commands for their orders were issued without swearing, cursing and the harshness of the lash.

9 October 2009 at 08:41  
Blogger Manfarang said...

The Welsh revivals were free church.The decline of Britain mirrors the decline of the free churches.Bring back temperance.Bring back the chapels.

9 October 2009 at 08:53  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

In his speech, the Rt Hon. Mr Cameron MP said:

‘But if there is one political institution that needs decentralisation, transparency, and accountability, it is the EU.’

Without a doubt the EU needs all those problems resolved.

However, they are not going to be resolved. The Constitution of the United States of Europe (Lisbon Treaty) is a self-amending constitution. Its most powerful group, the unelected Council of Ministers, neither require the majority of British politicians, nor the people.

When the Directive arrives to transfer the powers of the London Stock Exchange to Frankfurt – Britain will be: kaput.

Having said that, from a Judaeo-Christian point of view this new Imperial power, constructed on the continental scale through lies, deception and fraud does indeed appear to be the Empire predicted (feet of iron and clay) in the Book of Daniel. And if Isarel is God’s time-piece and the 70 year prophecy means what we think it means then the terrible times begin to start about May 2011.

What should Judaeo-Christians do? We should behave, in my view, in the same way as the great Russian dissident Alexander Solzhensitsyn did.

Evil demands confrontation.

9 October 2009 at 10:27  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Evil needs stamping out. Let's start with the treasonous scum who sold our national soul...

9 October 2009 at 10:53  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

Let us remember in these grave hours the words of one of our greatest prime ministers, William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806) said when this nation resumed hostilities against a European power that wished, like the EU, to unite all of Europe under its dictatorship:

We must recollect … what it is we have at stake, what it is we have to contend for. It is for our property, it is for our liberty, it is for our independence, nay, for our existence as a nation; it is for our character, it is for our very name as Englishmen, it is for everything dear and valuable to man on this side of the grave.

On the rupture of the Peace of Amiens and the resumption of war with Napoleon, in Speeches of the Rt Hon. William Pitt (1806) vol.4, p. 262 (22 July 1803)

9 October 2009 at 11:16  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

How can Cameron Deliver all of this when his New World Order Puppetmasters are working to this agenda.
The answer is he can't, it is all election spin, after he is crowned, HMS Brittania will continue sinking.

9 October 2009 at 21:38  

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