Crown of The Defender of the Faith
David Cameron wrote a letter to the Mail on Sunday* promoting what he calls British values: ‘a belief in freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal and social responsibility, respecting and upholding the rule of law’, and he went on to say, these ‘are the things we should try to live by every day’.
These values are not specifically British or exclusively British, and however noble, fine or meritorious they are, they do not represent what is essentially British.
If you are coming from my generation, i.e., those born in the 1930s, we have a perspective that young ‘Britons’ today know little about. Our society has vastly changed. When I was a boy, war was raging, but there was a united spirit that bound everybody together; young and old, toffs and paupers, those in uniform and those in work togs. Our cause was survival and a fight for freedom from tyranny - for worldwide freedom for peoples of all races and cultures; rich and poor, even our enemies! This was not specifically or exclusively freedom for Brits. Class, creed and nationality were irrelevant.
What has changed so dramatically is the globalization of the Planet. We have freedom to travel, freedom to emigrate, freedom of expression through the Internet, availability of education for many - not just the rich and the privileged who may have access to Eton or Harrow and the hallows of Cambridge and Oxford. The consequence of this new freedom is that this Island ‘Race’ is no longer an identifiable people; we are linked to France and Europe by the Channel tunnel; we are linked to all continents by air and sea, and we share membership of the United Nations. Multinational conglomerates build their empires wherever trade and business favours them, so that their brands and commodities can be found worldwide. Financial institutions are global enterprises that invest and speculate on a massive scale.
Our multicultural, multiethnic, plural society, bring divisions, enclaves and sometimes ghettos of discontent. There are places in the UK where people of my generation would believe they were in a foreign land, and there are even no-go areas where it is not safe to be out at night. If I dared to mention colour of skin or ethnicity, I would be branded as racist. Even to mention such things is to be guilty of breaking a taboo. Total freedom of speech has been lost. One has to be politically correct; one cannot call a spade a spade. It is a day of public apologies and excommunication for rebels who speak the plain truth.
Despite these things, a few vestiges of Britishness remain, such as a fractured, dysfunctional Church of England that has been overcome by liberals interested in promoting so-called equality, rather than the teachings of Jesus who created both men and women in His own image with their distinctive and complementary roles. Women used to be treated with respect as the more graceful and gentler sex. Men would stand to allow them to sit; they would open doors for them to be first and they would never expect them to work for a crust of bread. At one time females dressed in feminine clothes and they were modest in their behaviour. We had roast dinner on Sunday, fish on Friday, and washday on Monday. Children generally obeyed and respected their parents and the elderly. These behaviours and social graces are virtually things of the past. Now behaviours and codes of conduct are learned from mobile phones.
Today, honour and loyalty are archaic words that hold no meaning. Honesty and integrity have lost their place in modern Britain as shown by the failings of certain Members of Parliament, corrupt police and even members of the judiciary. Loss of respect for the privacy of individuals, purely for monetary gain, has been rife within the reporting of certain tabloid newspapers and scandal mongering magazines. The recent revelation of widespread child abuse and the covering up of this disgrace reveals the depraved nature of those who have used their positions to carry out their despicable acts.
Today, a stiff upper lip is foolishness. Working as a vocation rather than for money is outmoded, and nurses who care with compassion are denied time and opportunity to do it.
Qualities and values that once defined Britishness have little account today. I suggest that Christian-based principles were the foundation stones of Britishness. Our laws and morality came about through the will and teachings of those who revered and valued them. Sadly many of these qualities and values have all but gone, and have been replaced by different ones based on the teachings of false religions, philosophies and the schemes of men.
Britishness is now defined as a heterogeneous miscellany of disunited people who no longer strive for a higher cause - a lost people who have lost their sense of identity. Misguided, fractious Scots are doing their best to withdraw the St Andrew’s cross from the Union Jack, and to dissemble the Union.
David Cameron speaks of Magna Carta as being the Holy Grail upon which Britishness was founded and he vows to herald a new Magna Carta for his Big Society. I wonder what new qualities of Britishness will be enshrined within its covers.
We need a leader and leaders with vision who can muster the forces of good in this British Nation with great potential to work for and be an example to the world - a unified people - a people not defined by their multicultural and multiethnic characteristics, but by being a nation of brothers and sisters of all races who cherish one another, a nation within nations united in a bond of friendship and love committed to one another and to the planet’s wellbeing; since we were created to look after it. We all pulse with the same blood and are bound together by it. We are the offspring of Adam and Eve, creatures of God, created in God’s image.
Genesis 1:26, 27 ‘Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.’
Genesis 2:15 ‘Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.’
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