Philobiblon: Our dangerous, religious, Prime Minister

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Our dangerous, religious, Prime Minister

Tony Blair says "god will judge" his decision to go to war in Iraq.

"If you have faith about these things then you realise that judgement is made by other people. If you believe in God,it's made by God as well." His remarks, made in an interview to be shown on ITV's Parkinson show tonight.

Odd, really - I thought that he had been elected by voters - the citizens and residents of Great Britain, not by a small collection of cardinals, or indeed by the "hand of God". And since those voters elected him, you'd think he should be worrying about their verdict on his decisions - not some "inner voice".

I've thought for a long time that the messianic gleam all too frequently spotted in Blair's eyes has been a serious worry, and this only goes to prove it. Such a pity that you can't just ban religious fanatics from politics.

He refused to accept a description of himself as a "Christian socialist" - but only because the phrase contained the "s" word. "It's a long time since anyone used the word socialist about me," he said.

Lovely. There's only one problem with this. His party is still at least partly "socialist" (broadly defined), as indeed are the people who elected him, but few would regard their politics as "Christian".

Once again the Prime Minister refused to answer when asked if he prayed for guidance before taking the decision to go to war. But given the general tenor of his remarks the conclusion that he did can hardly be avoided. So great, a key decision is made because a voice in the PM's head told him it should be war. There are other words for that ...

Blair really should leave for America. He'd be so much more at home there.
Turning to the distinctly profane: the Guardian's online editor todaycomplains about the quality of onlineadverts while making the interesting revelation that the Guardian Unlimited (its online arm) will break even this year. In absolute terms I doubt this means much - no doubt it depends largely on how you allocate costs - but it is nevertheless a small landmark in the maturation of the web.


Blogger clanger said...

"Blair really should leave for America. He'd be so much more at home there."

Beautifully put. I always thought Thatcher would have suited them better too. They really go for that sort of thing.

Perhaps we can swop a PM for a few hundred dentists.

I'm sure I once read something about the division between church and state being terribly important to avoid loony religious types from dumping your nation in the poo, but I can't remember where. Maybe it was a dream.

The same dream that included the separation of the executive and the judiciary, but post-911 that kinda got blurred, or perhaps Blaired, too.

True we have Bishops in the HofL, but as the UK is a 'nominal democracy' the *unelected* HofL is-or should be-like a priest's knackers also ought to be, purely decorative.

The Rev. Blair went from being a politician to being a wannabe statesman. Now he wants to be a protestant Pope, or perhaps a new messiah.

Oh lordy, we're in trouble.

But not as much as those troops in Iraq, who really don't want a Jihad kicking off around them, and who really don't need the Rev. Blair declaring a new crusade on national telly.

Warning: This post may be in breach of the new legislation that prevents sensitive religious folk from being laughed at for believing myths, faery stories, and superstitions to be factually accurate, and not part of a long-obsolete mechanism of anti-democratic socio-cultural control.

By writing it, Clanger, and by reading it, you, you subversive enemy of the people, have committed a thought crime punishable by crucifixion.

All together now. 'Au-ways look on the bright side of life. De do, de do de do de do.'

3/04/2006 05:53:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, please, *don't* wish Blair on us - we're already stuck with Bush! Personally, I think Blair's been spending too much time with Dubya, and it's beginning to show, but rather than Blair coming here (and I wouldn't want to send Dubya there), let's work on getting our fellow citizens to *wake up* to how dangerous these men are and VOTE THEM OUT! Along with their cronies and scarier backroom advisors!

3/05/2006 04:58:00 am  
Blogger clanger said...

Americans are very lucky people.

They have an opposition more palatable than their government.

For all the (many) faults of our government, the Tory opposition are far worse.

This is an unpleasant situation to be in, electorally.

The offer still holds with the dentists. We *really* need some dentists over here.

Pretty please.

With cherries on the top.

3/05/2006 10:27:00 am  
Anonymous Pip said...

Blair is an odious, self-interested sophist. He follows a monochromatic set of beliefs in which good and evil are as clear as black and white. He knows which is which and therefore anybody disagreeing with him must be *wrong*.

As commenters on other blogs have pointed out he is *obviously* closer to god than either of the leaders of the christian world, the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who both argued with Blair that going to war with Iraq was morally, ethically and legally wrong. He lied to Parliament, he lied to the people of the UK, he lied to our armed forces, and he lied to the world over the reasons for going to war. Yet he has had the gall to argue that he was right and that god will judge him on this?

The arrogance of this self-delusional PM obviously knows no bounds. I am not a believer, in fact I would describe myself as a devout atheist. However, on this occasion for this despicable and odious man I hope that when his time comes that he descends to the worst depths of hell and has to suffer the foulest indignations and depravities that that place has to offer for the rest of time.

3/05/2006 02:53:00 pm  
Blogger clanger said...

Such as this...

Note the couple in the bottom right hand corner, ignoring all the unpleasantness completely, and duetting.

Obviously very much in love, and totally wazzocked on Columbian marching powder.

3/05/2006 05:24:00 pm  
Blogger HeoCwaeth said...

"Blair really should leave for America. He'd be so much more at home there."

Good grief, Natalie, haven't we got enough trouble in the U.S.? We're still dealing with the progeny of the last batch of millenarians you folks wanted out of the way. If you'd like to swap some religious people for dentists, as clanger said, we won't take anybody more militant than quakers. It has to be at least close to fair trade, doesn't it?

3/05/2006 05:29:00 pm  
Blogger clanger said...

We have quakers. They are quiet and docile. And they make fine porage.

If you've ever tasted Amish porage, you'll appreciate the benefits that a fine English quaker can bring to your breakfast table.

10 quakers, our choice, for each fully trained dentist.

3/05/2006 06:56:00 pm  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

Do we really want more dentists - at least American dentists? Blinding white, and artificially straight, is not really my preferred look - a bit of naturalism is fine with me.

And America, Blair is bad, but he's not as bad as Donald Rumsfeld ... it would be something of an improvement ...

3/05/2006 07:55:00 pm  
Blogger clanger said...

Clanger has been exceedingly dentalphobic since he was a little clanger and suffered at the hands of the school dentist [libellous material deleted]. It was quite apparent that dentistry in the UK had not altered one jot between 1574 and 1974.

Since then, sedation has been invented. This is lovely, and only carries a small risk of death.

Clanger has been unable to have a simple examination without sedation since the traumatic experiences of his youth, and normally avoids members of the dental profession much as he does well-armed psychopaths, and Jehovahs Witnesses.

But Clanger has a wiggly fang.

He also has 3500 people in front of him on the waiting list.

Time perhaps, to reach for the long nose pliers.

Persons of a nervous disposition may want to look away, stick their fingers in their ears, and think happy thoughts about sunbeams.

3/05/2006 08:44:00 pm  

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