I am simply terrified by the thought of what piece of blathering, cod-Keynesian imbecility Rowan Williams will come up with next
The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, one of God’s biggest mistakes, has guest edited the glossy of the glam Left, The New Statesman. His Grace claims that the public is gripped ‘by fear.’ Dr Williams sounds increasingly like Orson Welles doing his notorious broadcast of The War of the Worlds, which sent people rushing out of their houses in terror.
By what is the nation ‘gripped by fear?’ Of Nick Clegg, apparently, which is the most flattering thing anyone has said about the Lib Dem leader, who is perpetually gripped by fear of losing his job. Old beardy also confesses to a terror of David Cameron and the Coalition in general. Dr Williams claims the’ Government needs to know how afraid people are.’ Of ‘the Big Society.’
I occasionally meet people who are afraid. Generally, they are afraid of their wives, husbands or partners, afraid of their health, especially since Anglican clergy have pooh-poohed the notion of an afterlife, afraid of meeting their mortgage payments on the new country house, and afraid of Muslim terrorism, but I have never heard anyone say they are afraid of the ‘Big Society.’
But it gets better, or rather worse. Like something is a bad film noir, the Big Society is a ‘cover’ for all sorts of really scary goings-on, such as education reforms, namely Michael Gove’s free schools, which would actually release parents from the justifiable fear that unless they send their children to expensive private schools, they won’t receive much of an education.
But Dr Williams feels that the Government, cynically and most cruelly, sees education only as a means to enrich its coffers. In essence, the Archbishop trembles over the Coalition implementing policies ‘no-one voted for.’ Well, have I got news for you Dr Williams. This is what happens when a country is saddled with a coalition. No one party is able to implement their manifesto. So there is fudge, argument, unhappy compromises and u-turns.
All of these are indeed bad for Britain. But if people like Dr Williams, who is a supporter of electoral reform, had their way, we would be living under continual coalition governments, all attempting to put through policies we hadn’t voted for. I never thought, after having met Robert Runcie, when I was 20, that one day one of his successors would be more ignorant of politics than he was. At least Runcie was a decorated war hero with a sense of human, and a secret love of gambling on horses.
Now, whenever I see a picture of Dr Williams in the newspapers I get page fright. I am simply terrified by the thought of what non sequitur, or piece of blathering, cod-Keynesian imbecility he will come up with next. Kindly confine yourself to rendering up to God for at least six months, Your Grace, or I will be ducking under the bedclothes.