Only One Day Away From Trouble

Only One Day Away From Trouble

JUN 9, 2017
Posted by Mundabor

Thatcher, she is not.

The UK is far less relevant to the destinies of Christianity than the US, which is why I don’t cover it much. When they gave us Brexit they probably did for us the most they could do until Christianity comes back on these shores.

However, yesterday’s vote showed this: in the modern times of volatile voters you are never far away from big trouble.

Don’t listen to the noise from the leftist MSM and consider than the numbers are far less brutal than they portray: the Conservatives got 42% of the vote (not happened since the Iron Lady) and snatched 13 seats in Scotland (see above) up from… one.

However, the shameless socialist message of Jeremy Corbyn caused an unprecedented mobilisation of the New Idiots, the young bleeding hearts seeking their “feel the Bern” moment. Coupled with obvious mistakes from the Tory leadership, this summed up to a passable defeat for Labour and a big disappointed for the Tories.

That the press touts a party sure to remain in opposition and more divided than a Bosnian village in the Nineties as winners (poppycock: 261 MP up to now smell defeat from Connecticut, only less brutal than in 2015) again tells a lot about the emotional stupidity of our times.

The Conservatives have damaged themselves, but they will stay in power with or without May at the helm. Labour has avoided annihilation playing the good-hearted underdog, but they are nearer to Mars than to power. The new Parliament is certainly more Brexit-oriented than the old one. The only party campaigning for Remain has embarrassed itself, going from quite dead to dead. The anti-Brexit Scottish National Party has been savagely beaten. It is by far not all bad, though thanks to May’s arrogance and incompetence it is certainly not the result it could have been.

Still, imagine what a catastrophe it could have become without the two recent terrorist attacks, which certainly benefited the Tories and allowed May to try to look statesmanlike and sure footed for a change.

We weren’t very far away from the abyss. I don’t think it would have been the end of Brexit (more or less hard) but it would have been chaos as a Socialist madman tries to impose his program on a divided party known for extreme loyalty to their leaders. It would have been a true chaos scenario until the unavoidable next election. Thank God even May’s arrogance did not lead to that.

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4 comments on “Only One Day Away From Trouble

  1. What should Catholics think of the DUP?

    DUP leader Arlene Foster represents a new type of politician in Northern Ireland, and a new type of Unionism

    by Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    posted Friday, 9 Jun 2017

    And so it came to pass that the Strong and Stable One turned out not to have such great judgement after all, and that the more the British electorate saw of her, the less they liked what they saw. If Theresa May has one achievement, it is this: she made the hitherto unelectable Jeremy Corbyn look electable; she gave him credibility; in this she rather resembles that other failure, Hillary Clinton, who made Trump electable. Remember her?

    While Mrs Clinton soon retired into the background after her defeat, Mrs May will be forced to stick around for a few weeks, simply because the country must be governed, and the Conservatives are the largest party, and they are in no mood for a leadership election just yet. That will come later, but must wait for now. When it comes, I think it might be done with the minimum of fuss. A single candidate will emerge, and a seamless transition of power will occur, with the new Prime Minister going up to Balmoral to kiss hands, sometime in the late summer.

    In the meantime, the good old DUP will, with its ten MPs, provide the Conservatives with the majority that Mrs May so carelessly and needlessly threw away. This arrangement will come at a price, of course, and the DUP are expert negotiators. The price will not be nugatory. How long will this new collation of convenience last? The truth of the matter is that those who talk of another election in October may well underestimate the caution of the next Prime Minister. Who is to say that Corbyn, now perceived as a winner, would not go on to win that election? The next Conservative leader will want to spin out the new arrangement for as long as possible, or at the very least until the new electoral boundaries are finally introduced.

    So, just who are the DUP? They are, of course, the party of the late Dr Ian Paisley, who, in his day, was perhaps the single most recognisable figure from Northern Ireland. In his old age, Paisley became something of a national treasure, but in his prime, at the height of the Troubles, he was anything but. His inflammatory rhetoric, while never explicitly endorsing violence, certainly did nothing to encourage peace and reconciliation. In old age avuncular, and with a rather sharp sense of humour (something rare in a politician), as well as with great rhetorical gifts, Paisley was respected, even liked. But there are many who grew up in the Province who remember him as someone who contributed greatly to the atmosphere of sectarian hatred, which made the lives of many Catholics a misery.

    The current leader of the DUP is Arlene Foster, who, as a woman, is not able to join the Orange Order, and who has a track record of making gestures that show she is not sectarian. As chief executive of the Stormont government she indicated she would meet the Pope, should he visit in his capacity as head of state. She attended Martin McGuinness’s funeral, which was a Requiem Mass.

    Mrs Foster has had her political troubles, hence the current suspension of devolution in Northern Ireland, but she represents a new type of politician in Northern Ireland, and a new type of Unionism.

    Catholics can welcome the advent of the DUP into government for the very same reasons that certain other people will regard it with horror: the DUP is the only party in the United Kingdom that is against abortion and which is opposed to same sex marriage, and the extension of either to Northern Ireland. DUP MPs have a consistent pro-life record in the British Parliament, and have had for years. This is one matter on which they have agreed with Catholics for a long time.

    And so the whirligig of time brings in all its revenges. Once Ian Paisley was a thorn in the side of “that Jezebel” Mrs Thatcher. Now his party will be propping up her successors. Once Jeremy Corbyn associated with the as yet uncommitted to peace members of Sinn Fein. Now Sinn Fein’s opponents in Northern Ireland will be keeping Jeremy Corbyn away from the levers of power in Westminster. Paisley, who as I remarked earlier, had a sense of humour, would have relished that. Perhaps he is laughing in heaven. Mrs Foster and her colleagues will certainly be laughing at the thought of the political leverage they will now enjoy.

  2. Ironic for Ulster Presbyterians to agree with Catholics on abortion and marriage? Maybe God has a sense of humor.

  3. [Other news (not good) on the results of the recent British parliamentary election]

    This was a grim night for Christians and pro-lifers in parliament

    Four onetime members of parliament’s pro-life group lost their seats – and other Christian MPs were defeated

    by Dan Hitchens
    posted Friday, 9 Jun 2017

    It turns out that June is the cruellest month: for Theresa May and her party, for pollsters and pundits, and also for Christians in politics. Last night we lost some outstanding examples of Christians in public life. The Conservatives’ David Burrowes, an Evangelical who opposed his party on gay marriage and campaigned for refugees and the homeless, lost his seat. So did Labour’s Rob Flello, a Catholic convert who once said: “I could no more leave my faith at the door of the House of Commons than I could my name or my gender or my arms and legs.”

    Flello was a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group; two other former members – Julian Brazier (Conservative) and Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem) were also ousted. A fourth member of the group, the Lib Dems’ John Pugh, stood down at this election. Meanwhile, Ben Gummer, a Tory minister who was opposed to abortion and said he would vote for a reduction in time limits, lost Ipswich. In Oxford West, Nicola Blackwood, a Christian Tory who voted against assisted suicide, was defeated by Layla Moran, a Lib Dem who supports it.

    For all I know, the next generation of Flellos and Burrowses will be found among the new crop of MPs. But it looks as though Parliament’s Christian contingent has been seriously damaged, which is worrying given the issues which could come up in the next five years. Pro-choice MPs are seeking the decriminalisation of abortion; the Tories want to introduce four-year-olds to “relationships education”; promoters of assisted suicide never give up; and that is only to mention the more obvious areas.

    Christians have other reasons to be disappointed. Within both main parties, the movements which are explicitly inspired by Catholic social teaching – Red Toryism, Blue Labour – now seem on the back foot.

    Theresa May’s manifesto, whose rhetoric was clearly influenced by Red Toryism, claimed that she was rejecting “the cult of selfish individualism”. Her right-hand-man Nick Timothy has been brave enough to say that “there is undoubtedly a small minority of people in our party who frankly do not care very much about others”. Timothy wanted to vanquish the Ayn Rand-quoting libertarians. Well, his project can now be labelled a failure.

    Some Catholics are excited about Jeremy Corbyn, and there are resonances with Catholic teaching: Corbyn’s plan, in essence, is to fill the hungry with good things and to lift up the lowly. He is a persuasive advocate for this appealing programme. But the means he proposes – massive government intervention, funded somehow or other – remind me of Dorothy Day’s satires on “Holy Mother the State”, and of Pius XI’s lament in 1931 that “there remain virtually only individuals and the State … the State has been overwhelmed and crushed by almost infinite tasks and duties.” It is also reasonable to ask whether a fan of Chavez and Castro should be tasked with reforming the national economy.

    The hounding of Tim Farron suggested that British politics was an increasingly hostile environment for Christians, an impression which these election results have reinforced. Then again, the DUP – whose MPs tend to support the lives of unborn babies and oppose the redefinition of marriage – are now being welcomed into the corridors of power, so who knows? Perhaps we should all swear off predictions for a while. Perhaps Christians should especially.

    • A Canterbury Tale of Woe or Opportunity?

      Signs of Christian decline are now clearly showing in England’s historic cathedral city.

      Edward Pentin

      Britain’s general election this week heralded ominous signs for the country’s

      Not only did Thursday’s election lead to a number of respected Christian parliamentarians losing their seats, the historic city where St. Augustine of Canterbury began evangelizing England lost its Conservative Member of Parliament — the first time that has happened for at least a century.

      So-called Tories are not of course always promoters of Church teaching, but Sir Julian Brazier, who represented my native city for 30 years, was a Catholic who valiantly stood up for the faith and the family in the public square.

      He lost his seat to his Labour rival, Rosie Duffield, by just 187 votes.

      Perhaps symbolic of a country where the family is under attack through legalized abortion, same-sex “marriage” and where 42% of marriages end in divorce, Brazier, a married father of three, was defeated by a single mother of two.

      Also telling was that his defeat was largely thanks to the city’s burgeoning student population, generally lacking — through no fault of their own — in a solid Christian education, and therefore easily seduced by Labour’s socialist idealism.

      Labour’s leader, radical socialist Jeremy Corbyn, attracted wide support not only in Canterbury but across the country (12.9 million people voted Labour on June 8, marginally fewer than the 13.6 million who voted Conservative under the leadership of Prime Minister Theresa May).

      Some of that surprising support was due to other factors including May’s poor campaign, Brexit, and Labour’s pledge to end university tuition fees — a cynical but successful ploy copied from Bernie Sanders to buy the student vote.

      But many of Britain’s faithful will be disturbed to see such wide backing for Corbyn whose quasi-communist political positions range from past vocal support for Hugo Chavez, Castro and the IRA, to being a fervent and long-standing advocate for homosexual and abortion rights. A strong environmentalist, he speaks up for the materially poor, but as with any socialist, always in the context of looking to the state for help through welfare, nationalization and high taxation.

      A crisis of reason, the spread of cultural Marxism and the moral relativism it engenders can perhaps best explain the surprising extent of the support Labour received under his leadership.

      It certainly appears to have reached Canterbury. Amid tight security, and in the shadow of the cathedral, the city will host its second annual “gay pride parade” on June 10.

      The event follows a Feb. 18 service for Freemasons in Canterbury Cathedral, the place of St. Thomas Becket’s martyrdom which, for centuries, was a center of Catholic worship and pilgrimage.

      That such events, together with Brazier’s historic election defeat, are happening in what was once England’s Primal Catholic See are portentous signs — part of a steady decline which dates back to the Reformation.

      And yet a positive aspect of Corbyn’s surprising success was that the young gravitated to his authenticity, strength of (misguided) beliefs and ideas, offering some hope that given the right formation, they could similarly be attracted by the Truth, originality and hope of the Gospel if it were taught with similar conviction.

      Such was Cardinal Carlo Caffarra’s entreaty given in a recent interview with the Register.

      Perhaps this election therefore marks the beginning of a new Canterbury Tale, one not so much about decline as an opportunity: the chance with the Lord’s aid to re-evangelize the country and finally help a deeply secular, post-Christian Britain rediscover its Catholic origins and roots.

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