Dis May

June 3, 2017

In April, when Theresa May came out of the door of No. 10 to announce to the news media assembled in Downing Street that she was calling a snap general election, there was a general feeling of surprise and I am sure that I was not the only one with a feeling of discouragement.  Surprise because she had vowed to complete the exit from the European Union and complete the full fixed five year term of the Parliament.  Discouraged because she was behaving like every other opportunistic politician taking advantage of a perceived advantage in the opinion polls and the disarray of the opposition parties.  Of course it needed an enhanced majority of the Commons to approve the move and it could easily have been blocked, but only thirteen MPs voted against bringing the Parliament to an end.  That is what you get in a Parliamentary Democracy.  In a Peoples Direct Democracy no political party would be able to gain a self-serving advantage by choosing the time of an election and the duration of the election campaign.

TM has sought to portray herself as a statesman above mere party considerations.  None of the reasons she has offered to justify her decision has stood up to scrutiny.  Last year we raised the question of honesty and integrity and stated it was too early to judge her and only time will tell.  Well now we know.  She cannot be trusted.

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March for Life 2017 : Went the day well?

May 25, 2017

The United Kingdom’s national  March for Life held in Birmingham on Saturday 20th May went very well, despite inclement weather and the intervention of rent-a-mob.  Mass at Saint Chads Cathedral  was standing room only and with three Bishops officiating and attending the Rally and March, we were well cared for.  There is no doubt that the organisers are meticulous, with even the route from Saint Chads to Victoria Square watched over by marshals, and participants handed a route map that also contains a code of conduct including “Remember above all as Christians we are ambassadors of Christ’s love, this needs to be evident in our actions as well as in our hearts”.  And so to Victoria Square with food and pro-life stalls alongside the March for Life shop, live music and magnificent guest speakers, accommodated very professionally on a covered stage with mega sound-system and huge tv screen.  Railings surround the Rally site with entrance controlled and people signing in.  Someone remarked that it has a feeling of Glastonbury about it.  We all feel very safe watched over by our guardian angel marshals and there is now an enhanced police presence.  But still the anarchists and trots turn out to cause as much trouble as they can.

These links will give you the full picture of how the day went:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2017/05/22/despite-the-rain-and-the-aggressive-pro-choicers-the-march-for-life-was-a-joyful-occasion/

http://www.marchforlife.co.uk/blog/22/5/2017/march-for-life-uk-lifefest17

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/05/23/abortion-activists-throw-smoke-bombs-at-pro-lifers-to-disrup-march-for-life/

For further information go to http://www.marchforlife.co.uk


March for Life : 20th May 2017

April 29, 2017

Three weeks to go before the Pro-Life highlight of the year.  The Christian Democratic Party is pleased to support the UK’s annual March for Life – to be held in Birmingham on Saturday 20th May.  Full details are at:

http://www.marchforlife.co.uk/blog/21/4/2017/4-weeks-to-go-what-can-you-do

The March has a growing number of pro-lifers attending each year.  Three years ago the Police estimated 1200 people in attendance and last year that number doubled.  It would be good to reach the figure of 5000 this year – with it being 50 years since the passing of the deadly Abortion Act.  The March is uniting more pro-life groups in the UK, so that they can  come together with one loud voice to raise awareness of the hurt and damage that abortion causes.  The ultimate aim is to bring to an end the greatest violation to human rights in history.

This is an event for all the family, from babies in buggies to their great-grand parents.  So come along and bring a friend to enjoy a great day out and speak out for the unborn babies in the womb who have no voice.

For further information and to access the promotional video go to http://www.marchforlife.co.uk


Solemnity of Saint George – Patron of England

April 24, 2017

How did you celebrate Saint George’s Day?  Did you celebrate on the right day?  The Feast Day is usually on the anniversary of his martyrdom – 23rd April 303, but due to it this year falling on the Second Sunday of Easter which has priority it was moved to the following day of Monday the 24th.  This important point was lost on the secular news media who declared Sunday to be the Saint’s Day, and on the non-religious celebrants who paraded.  The religious significance was lost on them, as was the origin of the flag of Saint George that was to be adopted as England’s flag.  Much publicity was devoted to the Royal Society of St. George parade held in Nottingham, which seems to be increasing in popularity with a few thousand attending.  Many, if not most, dressed as Crusader soldiers in chainmail and surcoats emblazoned with the red cross.  The fact they were wearing the Cross of Christ so prominently and commemorating a martyr of Christian persecution, which is still prevalent even in this country, would be a fuzzy concept or even embarrassing.

It is important that the Patron Saint of England should be celebrated and the CDP has long advocated for this special day to be a public holiday in England.  Heaven forbid that it degenerates like Saint Patrick’s Day to be about the craic, Guinness and all sorts of sham-rock and paddy-wackery.  Jeremy Corbyn is now talking about all four UK nations having public holidays for all the Patron saints, which seems to be rather excessive.  There is now no good reason for not making St. George’s Day a public holiday, so long as it is also a holy day.

Today, I celebrated the Feast Day at Walsingham at the Shrine of Our Lady whose dowry is England – this green and pleasant land.  The pilgrim High Mass was well attended with an interesting selection of hymns all sung with gusto.  Following the Angelus the entry hymn was ‘Jerusalem’.  At the presentation of the gifts we sang; “Leader now on earth no longer, soldier of th’eternal King, victor in the fight for heaven, we thy living praises sing.  Great Saint George, our patron help us, in the conflict be thou nigh; help us in that daily battle, where each one must win or die.”  The final hymn was ‘Faith of our Fathers’, which unfortunately we rarely hear any more.

Saint George was executed during the Christian persecution by the Roman Emperor Diocletian.  We do not know much about him and the legends surrounding him are likely to be symbolic and based on icons.  It is accepted that the dragon is representative of Satan and evil by reference to the Book of Revelation [the Apocalypse].  It has also been suggested that Diocletian’s emblem and banner contained a dragon, however I have not been able to verify that [if you know please let me know].  The sheep being sacrificed to the dragon represent the persecuted Christians who are followed by the maidens and princess who are symbolic of the mother Church and the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Following Emperor Constantine’s victory under the emblazoned Cross of Christ and his declaration that Christianity be the preferred state religion, the cult of St. George spread and with it the association of the Red Cross.  Although this veneration was brought back to England by returning Crusaders, this was preceded by the dedication of English churches to St. George in the early 10th century.  Edward III put the Order of the Garter under the patronage of the Saint, later with a public holiday from the early 15th century.  More than four hundred years ago George displaced Saint Edmund as Patron of England.

There has been a resurgence in the celebration of St. George and he continues to feature on the gold Sovereign coins.  Political correctness and charges of racism have been overcome – St. George is again victorious.  But to emphasise this must be a holy day.

So for many the secular holiday would be to start with a full English breakfast followed by a saunter to the pub for a pre-parade drink of real-ale.  A Crusader outfit would be optional, with the wearing of a red rose obligatory.  Lunch would be a roast beef dinner with more real-ale, and then to the parade itself.  Afterwards, back to the pub for a few bottles of Crusader Special.  Then a supper of fish, chips and mushy peas.  And so to bed – job done – diet to follow.  Rather them than me.


Cruisin for a bruisin

March 21, 2017

The Scottish National Party are out to pick a fight, any fight on any pretext, so that they can act the injured party and gain the sympathy vote.  They know they are on borrowed time and it is running out for them; not just with Scotland’s voters but also with their own members and supporters.  Likewise with Sinn Fein, who are in exactly the same position in Northern Ireland (and also failing to make a decisive break through in the Republic).  Both parties are National Socialist, which may come as a surprise to many SNP members and elected representatives who think and are told they are social democrats.  As such, they are both adept at misleading the public and spinning the facts as they pursue their overriding aims of independence and reunification.  In that process they are creating anxiety and further divisions that will inevitably lead to aggression and violence.  SF can turn this on and off very easily to suit their agenda.  There is also an aggressive element that has attached itself to the SNP and with little excuse would ape its cousins across the North Channel.  Their justification, notwithstanding their behaviour and provocation, is they are both victims and being forced to respond because they have no choice.  They are being taken out of the European Union against their wishes!

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Spring Bodget 2017

March 15, 2017

Having studied the Treasury Red Book and carefully considering the Chancellor’s presentation of the Budget to the Commons, the word that springs to mind is – bodge.  The definition of which is – to repair or adjust in a false or clumsy way,  that is not as good as it should be, making it look good for a day or two before it collapses; or simply to put a square peg in a round hole.  This perfectly sums up the Budget and Philip Hammond.  We became resigned to his predecessor’s style of presentation over substance and lack of attention to detail, which invariably resulted in every one of his budgets unravelling within a short space of time.  While acknowledging the fundamental soundness of George Osborne’s strategy to eliminate the annual Budget deficit and then start to reduce the National Debt, there is no doubt that his tactics were questionable and he kept missing his target.  He was so consistent in this respect that I did not even comment on his 2016 Budget as it contained a number of ticking time-bombs, the latest of which is set to explode in April with the new rates for Vehicle Excise Duty that undermine the Government’s climate strategy.  With Chris Grayling warning motorists to think very carefully before buying a diesel car, and the implication of coming penalties and taxes on them, whatever was Hammond thinking of by pressing ahead with the new VED instead of announcing a review in his first Autumn Statement?

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Biased Broadcasting Corporation

February 23, 2017

That the BBC is biased and is not impartial as required by its Charter is self-evident and incontrovertible.  This did not stop the renewal of its Royal Charter and Framework Agreement this year.  It does not matter who is in charge be it Blair, Brown, Cameron and Clegg, or now May.  They all complain about the BBC being unfair to them, but the reality is they all share the same liberal perspective of the BBC.  This is the only logical reason for the Charter being renewed without reform.  Added to which there is a regular interchange and job switching between their political parties and the higher echelons of the BBC.  The Government tinkers about with the governance and management of the BBC but does nothing to enforce standards for fear of accusations of interfering with the independence of the BBC and the freedom of the Press.  The BBC is quite adept at manipulating this predicament to achieve its own ends.  In so far as the public are concerned they can complain as much as they like, it will get them nowhere.  The BBC complaints procedure is not designed to acknowledge and resolve any complaint, only to manage it and suppress it before it goes any further.  Very rarely is a complaint acknowledged and rectified with an apology and a correction.  This is usually achieved by using external pressure and publicity.  Last year the BBC wrongly accused the Catholic Church of silence about the Holocaust.  Six months later their internal watchdog found the report to be unfair.  Their sanction was to notify the news team responsible so that any future coverage might reflect historical understanding more closely.  That is not even a slap on the hand.  Although it took the involvement of Lord Alton to get that much.  There was no apology or announcement of a correction, and no investigation as to why the news team made that erroneous assertion.  It did reveal a strand of anti-Catholic sentiment within the BBC.  Go to > http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/12/09/bbc-admits-it-underestimated-the-churchs-opposition-to-hitler/

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