Welby Jumps The Shark

The Arch Bish of Cant (careful how you pronounce that) considers that the EU is humanity’s greatest achievement since the Roman Empire.

It is to him:

the greatest dream realised for human beings since the fall of the Western Roman Empire

This is a ridiculous intervention on several levels.

Primarily it is plainly quite stupid for a man in his position to make sweeping statements about matters of contemporary politics which are quite so remotely detached from spiritual considerations.  I don’t recall the noble bish being quite so loquacious on the subject of the Irish referendum abortion (sorry I got those words the wrong way around) where it could legitimately be argued that there is a fairly obvious moral aspect where guidance informed by God’s wisdom and infinite goodness might very well be appreciated.

On the other hand the Bish’s understanding of international commercial and treaty law and convention is probably even less than the abysmal standard set by members of cabinet, the HoL, the press and the BBC to name but some.

For this reason alone a period of silence on his part would be most welcome.

And then there is the mindbogglingly fatuous idiocy of his comment.  The last 200 years have seen the greatest increase in human well being in history.   Economic, religious and political freedom and democracy for all are paid at least lip service in virtually the entire world and in vast swathes of the world are, to a reasonable approximation, also real.

Diseases that in living memory killed millions of babies and other innocents are now treatable and in some cases have been wiped from the face of the earth.

The bish might argue that microbes are God’s creations as well but I don’t think that is what he meant.

People are happier, richer, healthier and live longer, more fulfilling lives than ever in history, thanks to these now widespread freedoms.

But all this counts for nothing compared to the sclerotic, anti democratic, freedom-killing monster that Brussles has become?

I have rarely heard anything more idiotic.

 

 

 

Archbishoply Wibble

Justin Welby, Archbish of Cant (careful how you pronounce that) has been sharing with us his thoughts on the evil of Brexit and the joys of untrammelled immigration from the darkest corners of Africa.

Oh yes and sorry, nearly forgot, he completed his holy trinity with the obligatory railing against intelligent management of state spending.

He writes:

Brexit has divided the country – and now we need a new narrative. One that is rooted in all that is best in our history – solidarity, courage, aspiration, resilience and care for each other

-ostentatiously ignoring that whatever divide there is, must have existed also before the great day, and even more egregiously, that the vote for Brexit was “in a very real sense” (that’s the kind of language modern bishops understand) made in consideration of our great history of courage, aspiration  and resilience (as a people that is; our political class has rarely risen to the occasion).

We don’t need to be governed by unelected technocrats in Brussels to help the poor, care for the sick and so on.  He might like to remember a bit of history.  Freedom in this country and in the whole western world can be traced back “in a very real sense” to 1215 and Magna Carta, putting in writing for the first time the idea that kings are subject to the law of the land.

It is hard to imagine Welby as the kind of prelate who would ever have gone out on a limb to end slavery  (I mean the proper kind, involving the Navy, not a handful of vietnamese nail bars)

The great man adds:

Welcoming strangers to our own country and integrating them into our own culture is important.

I’d certainly agree with the second part of that statement.  Why don’t we add, “welcoming strangers who want to integrate” – there we are Justin, fixed it for you!

Finally – Austerity?  what fucking austerity?  The government is still pissing money up the wall as if there was no tomorrow.  Mrs May’s government has made no move to axe spending the way it needs to.  The government is deeply enmeshed in close to half the economic activity of the country, and wherever it intervenes it creates waste, over-regulation, stupidity.

It is the opinion of this blog that government spending needs to be cut by at least 30% – not by axing more infantry regiments or mothballing another frigate, but by shutting down whole departments, in fact all those not directly related to the basic functions of government, which includes spending more on defence and less on diversity coordinators.  Heard it all before.

The CoE by pandering to these lefty shibboleths has lost its credibility completely with its core.  Welby has shown himself once again to be a part of the problem and “in a very real sense” not a part of any useful solution at all.