Friday, July 31, 2009

Only connect

The fearless guardians of free speech, the hacks at the BBC, The Scotsman and The Herald appear to have failed in their duty to ask uncomfortable questions. A second Woodward and Bernstein look very unlikely to emerge from Bonnie Scotland.

First up a declaration. I have no truck with the SNP (how is an Englishman here likely to support the Tartanissimo?). I have met David Kerr once at a barbecue. He seems a perfectly affable chap.

Ponder the following

David Kerr is a Catholic SNP candidate in the Glasgow North East by-election

The NSS 'out' him as a member of Opus Dei

Patrick Harvie MSP is an honorary associate of the NSS with profoundly anti-Catholic views and also, coincidentally, a Scottish Green Party MSP.

Cui bono?

The Scottish Greens are like a cantaloupe melon: green on the outside, Orange when you look inside.

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Blogger dominic said...

I was vaguely acquainted with DK at university and agree he is indeed a very affable, and indeed admirable, chap.

Most interesting that you should uncover the Green Party/NSS connection.

And I quite agree that the "campaign" against DK has been, well, vile, opportunistic, sectarian, and lots of other things. I had (perhaps wrongly) presumed that spin doctors from the Labour Party were implicated, particularly via a certain channel in the Scotsman.

But I do respectfully disagree that the Green Party are the Orange Order inside.

While I may disagree with the latter on many, many, matters (and while no lover of their marching traditions, etc, would defend their carrying on thusly), I think they at least there is some kind of, however imperfect, some kind of morality about them (cf Chesterton's comments on "The Bigotry of Belfast" in "Irish Impressions).

The Green Party though - ugh, they are anti-Christian, pro-euthanasia, pro-eugenics, anti-life to the core. Any principles they have are, in the light of eternity (as opposed, perhaps, to the light of some bits of Glasgow or Lanarkshire at the present time - which is not to deny the importance of the latter) very much nastier and more dangerous than those of the Orangemen.

OK it is true that I no longer live in Scotland so Orangeism doesn't impinge on my life in any way down here: but, in the age and state in which we find ourselves, of the Orange Order and the Green Party, I have a fairly clear idea which is the greater enemy.

Erm, I would say "No surrender!" to the Greens, but in the context it might be perceived as inappropriate.

But as you say the failure of the press to ask such questions is depressing. It's almost as if the DC Thompson of old (who to be fair did once employ DK) have taken over the show...

10:04 AM  
Blogger The Cellarer said...

Whilst the Green's / PH may have a particular dislike for the Catholic Church, I would say they are just simply anti-religion generally.

I was delighted the Scottish electorate saw through them in 2007, their overtly secular manifesto saw them go from 7 to 2 MSP's.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too know David vaguely, and I would agree he's a nice guy. I didn't know he had any connection with Opus Dei. Not that it would surprised me (though I am in favour of Opus Dei), but is it even relevant?

The Newspapers are being fairly shallow in focussing in on that, especially when they should give him merit (or not) based on policies, not personal beliefs. Mind you, with the NSS being virtually not secularilst at all (but instead rabidly anti-religionist), what does one expect?

5:06 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Well, OK I accept the final comment was a bit of a rhetorical flourish. I do know that the anti-Catholic comments of one prominent Green is motivated by specifically anti-Catholic bigotry of a recognisable WoS type.

LOL I can't quite see a 'Partick Greens George Monbiot LOL' marching at next year's Orange Walk, so point taken.

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Ebomania said...

Should it not have been "Watermelons?"

Shades of green on the exterior, red and watery in the middle?

Just a thought...


2:47 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

The 'canteloupe melon' thing is an allusion to that (I have few original thoughts. Watermelons - green on the outside - red, wet, tasteless on the inside. And always a bit disappointing.

11:14 PM  

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