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“As the lamplighter of time snuffs out the candle of Christian Europe..”

Goodness! Amidst the carols, baubles and festive frolics, the Grim Reaper has been knocking on the door of Tinsel Town and gathering them in. Actors, songbirds and laudanum-takers have been falling off their perches in droves, and one hears weeping and wailing across the land. Well, not so much in Barchester, where mourning is a private affair and virtue-signalling unknown. We pray for lost souls, of course, and that is as it should be, and for the good health of the Dear Queen, who has been somewhat indisposed over the Christmas season. One hopes it wasn’t an excess of ouzo in the trifle.

Old customs prevail in Barset, as I’m sure you are all well-aware, and this includes open-ballots at election time. The enfranchised turn up in person and cast their votes before the assembled populace. It gets raucous and rumbustious ‘tis true, with many a black eye and broken bones along the way, but there can be no doubt who has voted, and for whom. The proposal to insist on passport identification at the hustings is a sound modern alternative, and the objections of the Newtfinder-General absurd, if not blatantly partisan. Politicians are always driven to ‘climb the Greasy Pole’, as is Mr. Slope, but that is another story entirely.

Having read of the Children’s Crusade in history books, it startled me to discover a similar venture is being planned over in Germany. Some two thousand or so communists, socialists and anarchists pledged themselves to march all the way from Berlin to Aleppo waving white flags, hoping to bring the enemy to its senses. Perhaps we should name it ‘The Zombies’ Crusade’. To my mind these do-gooders have completely lost theirs. What they have failed to grasp is that the white flag is a symbol of surrender, not peace, and that the foe they are hoping to deal with simply wants all infidels dead. I fear I cannot wish these Merkeloids luck, but I do pray they meet sanity before the scimitar.

Archdeacon Grantly, fresh from a personal pilgrimage to the Holy Land, gave a magic lantern talk on the Dome of the Rock the other evening. He reports there is great consternation over there concerning recent statements by President O’Barmey, who seems to think Judaea and Samaria should belong to the Palestinians. He managed to whip himself up into a lather.

“What nonsense!” he roared, “What does O’Barmey know of the Levant? Any fool reading the Bible can see that Judaea and Samaria are the historic homelands of the Jewish people! Just because at some point along the way a bunch of Moloch-worshipping nomads wandered in with hundreds of wives and ‘Goat-u-Like’ fast-food outlets doesn’t make it less so. Why, imagine what would happen if a similar tribe of non-indigenous folk decided to walk into England demanding every accommodation and, in a few years, claim it as their own!”

The Archdeacon has never visited Dewsbury.

At least Dewsbury is not yet as bad as Afghanistan, where it is said a woman was beheaded for the serious crime of going shopping without her husband. It was the talk of Signora Neroni’s coffee morning. One is outraged, but not so our home-grown band of bustle-burning Feministas, who remain strangely silent on this issue, as they do on many other ‘Voldemortian’ practices. Not a peep from Ms. Greer or Ms. Toynbee or that ghastly gamin, Laura Penny. I do hope my Lord the Bishop does not hear of this. After my last visit to Mr. Worth’s Emporium to buy a selection of winter outfits, he might get ideas.

A shorter piece than usual, dear friends, but I must marshal the old gentlemen of Hiram’s Hospital for a new charitable task: we are going to probe the back passages of Barchester, seeking out poor, homeless folk and distribute asbestos blankets, just in case any wandering migrants decide to set them on fire, as has been reported in Germany. It is a new version of St. Lucia, a festival abandoned by Swedes but taken up (with a cultural twist) by certain ‘New Europeans’. So, as the Lamplighter of Time snuffs out the Candle of Christian Europe, and the Snapping Jaw of Political Correctness devours the vol-au-vents of Liberty and Common Sense, I don the Bonnet of Benevolence and the Shawl of Sympathy and set about my work. Not every woman walking the streets after sunset is a Lady of the Night, please remember that.

Happy New Year to you all.

  • Mike Stallard

    “hundreds of wives and ‘Goat-u-Like’ fast-food outlets ”
    Magnificent!

  • Sarky

    Having single handedly forced my way round sainsburys yesterday, I think wives should be beheaded for ‘not’ going shopping. (Maybe a tad harsh, but you should have seen the scrum at the checkout)

    • David

      Totally agree Sarky, and well done for surviving the assault course.
      Wives who drag their hapless husbands around giant food emporiums are truly guilty, of some charge or other that I’ll dream up ! The real horrors are couples that debate and discuss mere food purchases – really !
      Other than when my wife damaged her hand and couldn’t drive or push the trolley for a few weeks, so I was genuinely useful, my presence is entirely superfluous and indeed, I’d say counter productive. Each to their own I say !

    • Pubcrawler

      Shopping for shoes without husbands in tow should be compulsory.

      • Sarky

        Shopping for any clothing related items without husbands should be law!!!

        • Pubcrawler

          Except lingerie

      • carl jacobs

        Back when I was first married, my wife dragged me around for four hours one evening looking for black shoes. Do you know what she eventually bought? The very first pair she tried on. Words cannot express the futility …

        • Pubcrawler

          semper eadem.

        • Sarky

          I feel your pain Carl.

        • Anton

          Were you her first boyfriend?

          • carl jacobs

            Well … You see. It’s complicated. I think technically “yes” but I’m not sure it counts.

    • Pound Shop closed, Sarky?

  • David

    Once again, another truly excellent ending to the working week with a most enjoyable read Mrs Proudie !
    As for the “Zombies Crusade”, well I for one am happy for them to depart, and the more the better, as its inevitable miserable failure will discredit their politics.

    • 1642again

      A couple of thousand less treacherous, soap and working dodging scumbags less would be a start.

      • Pubcrawler

        Less less and more fewer, perhaps 🙂

        • 1642again

          That’s demotic or colloquial English as I’m sure you’re aware.

          • Pubcrawler

            Naturally.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Thank you dear David, too kind.

  • Inspector General

    I say Mrs Proudie, what a marvellous idea! A Children’s Crusade to Allepo would be a wonderful opportunity to empty our country’s juvenile detention centres AND rid us of the offspring of socialists. That young Stephen Kinnock, for example. He’s damn mouthy for a fifteen year old. Lord knows what he’ll be like if allowed to grow up.

    Keep up the good work, dear heart.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Yes, there is a certain satisfaction that the Zombie Crusaders are removing themselves voluntarily…wonder how many will return?

      • Pubcrawler

        Not as many as will those ‘home-grown’ warriors of ISIS, I fear.

      • Dominic Stockford

        I wonder how many will actually go….

        • Royinsouthwest

          They will probably sit down at home and take a virtual trip to Aleppo using Google Earth on their laptops and when they have finished the trip will send email messages to ISIS in honour of John Lennon saying “Give Peace a Chance” or “Imagine.”

    • Politically__Incorrect

      “Lord knows what he’ll be like if allowed to grow up”. One feels there are exceptional circumstances when late abortions (after 120 months) should be permitted.

  • Oisín mac Fionn

    Tee hee!

    I snigger of course not at the tiresome and threadbare humour. But rather at the pretensions of a lower middle class Anglican “prelate’s” wife in matters of linguistic erudition.

    Had her father been able to afford something better than a bargain basement demi-mondaine of the meanest extraction for a French governess, she might have been taught that a lady can never be a ghastly gamin. She may affect the style of a ghastly gamine, but if her gender identification is as resolutely cis as Ms Penny’s, there can be no question of assigning a male epithet to her.

    As no woman of breeding could make such a blunder, one is forced to speculate on Mrs Proudie’s origins. Trade, clearly. Yet even a moderately successful industrialist or (horror of horrors!) dry goods wholesaler would have the wherewithal to employ a literate governess for his children.

    Were one to hazard a guess, one might assume the lady’s (clearly modest) fortune to have something to do with guano. Or perhaps the manufacture or hawking of lavatories. There’s money in muck and many a penurious Anglican “clergyman” has married down in order to fund his career ambitions. Can’t keep state as a “bishop” on an Anglican stipend, can one? So if means are lacking, marry ’em.

    No matter how unfortunate the mésalliance.

    • The Explorer

      You sad bastard.

    • Inspector General

      Ah, the Barchester Child Catcher taunting us. We’ll hang you yet, you horrid man…

    • David

      How very sad you sound.

    • 1642again

      There’s an article in the Spectator that sums you up perfectly.

      http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/12/how-brexit-gave-us-a-different-class-of-snob/

      I know what side I’m with in the coming war. Do you?

      • David

        An accurate article that, so thank you for the link.

      • Oisín mac Fionn

        There’s going to be another civil war in the UK? Excellent news.

        Somebody’s going to have to deal with that Brexit rabble sooner or later. Preferably before March to stop the sour-faced sack of spuds you never elected as prime minister from triggering Article 50. Another referendum rejecting

        • 1642again

          You really are beneath contempt.

        • Anton

          Brexit is irrelevant; by the time the Article 50 deadline is up there won’t be an EU to Brexit from, at least in its present form. Quel dommage!

        • Inspector General

          What a year it’s been, you wicked old poof…

          Brexit, Trump and now easing ourselves out of the pernicious ECHR! It just keeps getting better and better, what!

          • Oisín mac Fionn

            On reflection, when your rancid, unpleasant, contrary and borderline Asperger’s neighbour decides to flounce out of the community and sulk in a corner, everybody wins.

            He gets to feel “special”. And we are relieved of his irritating, uncooperative and often abusive company.

            As Britain withdraws into isolationism, Europe must renew its commitment to unity and the pursuit of common goals. And with the contrary, carping and petty-minded British gone, this should be a great deal easier. So yay for Brexit! Un mal pour un bien, après tout.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      I chose gamin deliberately in the case of Laura Penny, who espouses transgenderism and other such nonsense. I do wish you would lighten up.

      • Kapow …..

        • David

          So glad you remind me of the boy’s comics !
          Do carry on…

      • Politically__Incorrect

        Wonderful – a warning shot between the eyes Mrs Proudie!

      • David

        And I’ll supply the accurately aimed fire arrow !

        • Allosexuel

          ‘Es bendin’ ovoor in greet exsitemont.

    • Benthic

      Every blog has their idiot.

      • Pubcrawler

        Oh, we’ve got more than one.

      • Oisín mac Fionn

        Every blog (third person singular).

        Their (third person plural).

        Your sentence makes no sense.

        Why, I wonder, do Brexiters have such trouble stringing together a coherent sentence in their own language?

        Ah well, grunting cavemen probably have other talents. Like clubbing things to death. And breaking what their dull minds can’t understand.

        • Benthic

          The dullard turns up.

          • Oisín mac Fionn

            Was that self-deprecating British humour? It certainly fits with your contributions so far.

            Why do only the dullest and least entertaining of the British support their country’s self-imposed exile from the community of civilised nations? Perhaps they can’t stand the competition.

    • Pubcrawler

      This from one who recently confused ‘flaunt’ and ‘flout’…

      • The Explorer

        Not to mention a certain other French word a while back…

        • Pubcrawler

          Yes, don’t mention the word.

    • The Explorer

      We are no longer allowed to say ‘actress’ or ‘waitress’, and where the Anglo-Saxon world leads, the Gallic world follows. ‘Mademoiselle’ is banned from official forms. So ‘gamin’, surely, ought to do service for all fifty-six genders? Or is it now seventy-one? I lose track.

    • Allosexuel

      Yoo no all aboot young boys who hang aroond the streets, mon héro .

      • Pubcrawler

        Doze ‘ee like ze cis-y wuns?

        • Allosexuel

          Ee ceerinlee nos ‘is gamin frum ‘is gamine.

          • Pubcrawler

            Bot ‘iz erse frum ‘is dildo*?

            *Iz ziss ze spelling propre? Soree, je suis bisleskique

          • Allosexuel

            ‘Is dildo is neffer fur apurt frum ‘is erse.

    • Anton

      Have you actually read Trollope (which she isn’t) about Mrs Proudie?

  • Shadrach Fire

    Whist we laugh at you ebullient humour there is always a serious undertone to consider. ‘So, as the Lamplighter of Time snuffs out the Candle of Christian Europe.’ How sad that we have have developed in so few decades such an an ambivalence towards the benefits of a Christian society. Even those who do not have a personal faith used to respect the Judeo/Christian society and way of life. Now it is de-rigour to stifle and decry all that is good and hold up all that is of the self and bad.
    Well done Mrs Proudie. Keep up the eternal vigil that will bring the light back to the land.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Thank you dear Shadrach. I have just read this morning that the Lutheran Church of Norway is, after 500 years, separating from the state. Whilst some 80% of Norwegians identify themselves as Christian, church attendance is minimal. I am in two minds about disestablishment.

      • David

        As am Mrs Proudie.
        I hesitate to remove a link that would appear to strengthen our monarchy, and our constitution in general, but am nevertheless very attracted to the opportunities that disestablishment may offer for evangelism, and renewal around a far more conservative theology. I’d also like to make the smug, utterly useless liberal bishops exceedingly uncomfortable.

        • Merchantman

          How do we evangelize ‘the utterly useless liberal bishops’?

          • 1642again

            Withold the funds at parish level, use them locally, ignore the Bishops, appoint your own ministers etc.

          • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

            Presbyterianism, eh?

          • 1642again

            No, using the power of purse strings to ensure true Protestantism is sustained and not betrayed by an arrogant oligarchy. Better Independency.

          • David

            The individuals are probably unlikely to change, although for Christians hope springs eternal.
            But at a practical level 1642again says it all below. The thriving churches have to wrest control from the liberals essentially. This will happen anyway with time, as the liberal led churches decline and the theologically conservative ones grow. But being impatient by nature, a speeding up of this process appeals to me.

          • Royinsouthwest

            “Can these dead bones live?” (Ezekiel 37, 3).

      • Dominic Stockford

        The kinds of things apparently taught by the Lutheran church inclines me to think it would be better off closing it altogether.

      • Who needs a heretical state church? Yes, it’s that issue again.

        In 2000, the Church of Norway appointed the first openly homosexual priest living with his “partner”.
        In 2007, the general synod voted in favour of accepting people living in same-sex relations into the priesthood.
        In 2008, the Norwegian Parliament voted to establish same-sex civil marriages, and the bishops allowed prayers for same-sex couples.
        In 2015, the Church of Norway voted to allow same-sex marriages.
        In April 2016, this was ratified and same-sex marriages may be performed.

        • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

          Well, now you put it like that…

        • Malcolm Smith

          Experience shows that this is a really good way to destroy a church.
          http://www.virtueonline.org/how-shrink-your-church-one-easy-step
          Pew sitters are not fools. They can recognize when they are being sold a pup, and they will either leave the faith altogether, to go somewhere where it is really taught.

  • Benthic

    Spot on Mrs Proudie.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Why thank you, dear Benthic

      • Benthic

        My pleasure, and a happy New Year to you.

        • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

          And a Happy New Year to you too!

  • The Explorer

    Question for Linus. ‘Cis’ means identifying with the sex you were born as. So what was the sex of the Cisalpine Republic?

  • len

    As Europe gets darker (and indeed the world) that ‘flickering candle of Christianity’ will burn ever brighter.
    There are those(even on this blog) who have cursed the light and wish to hasten its demise but they will be thwarted now as they ever have been throughout time.

    As the great, the good, [and the not very good] are snatched from us by the Grim Reaper let us hope that some(if not all?) have had an encounter with the Light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and grasped salvation whilst they had that window of opportunity open to them?.

    • Sarky

      And a ‘happy’ new year to you Len.

      • len

        And to you Sarky.

    • David

      Nice new logo Len !

      • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

        The rosy cross?

        • Indeed. Our Len is now a Rosicrucian.

          • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

            Oooh, that’s a bit dodgy! Mr. Slope is always rolling up his trouser leg, but until now I have put this down to lack of concentration in the urinal…

          • len

            Jack is on one of his flights of fancy again.

          • len

            I am a reformed character

          • You’re Lutheran?

          • len

            No.

          • David

            But Jack is a round yellow person wearing a hat, isn’t he ?

          • David

            Tasty – in the visual sense !

          • David

            Ha ha !
            Quick thinking !

    • not a machine

      Interesting Len , although I rather think a great deal of damage has been done to make what seems to be facing long established Christian cultures.You perhaps cannot curse the light , although I appreciate people may be at a stage of their Christian faith where they find that ,I can recall my own moments ,yet I think our opponents smell 2017 to be a year of victory for them ,but as anyone knows who breaks the crust of a week old cowpat ,you didn’t expect it to whiff like that,it looked so harmless .For some time I have trying to work out , what it is about this new culture I don’t think is working , and you visit some very difficult places going through that process , It is a difficult theological question , as I think I have encountered some people who the holy spirit is with but are not seen at church .The understanding of Christ has meaning and value , what happens to those who have not repented is a very difficult question , the most difficult aspect being how sure you are that you fully understand what happens at death , where it seems God is revealed and actions are by God alone .The light of the gospel of jesus Christ ,has meaning from the light that worked through gods people in the old testament ,and through to today ,I perhaps say or borrow from a previous priest ,you cannot understand Jesus work unless you have some understanding of the old testament ,I do however admit that I have encountered most wonderful souls , that have no great theological desire or depth , who can say how the lord jesus Christ works ??

  • Politically__Incorrect

    ” we are going to probe the back passages of Barchester”; I trust Mr Slope will be providing enthusiastic support in that endeavour Mrs Proudie. Indeed, he may want help the homeless by providing them with a little cottage. So, as the sphincter of time closes around the greasy pole of 2016, and the hatchet of justice falls squarely across the neck of the US Democratic Party, let me wish you and all on this blog a happy new year.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Bravo dear Politically…bravo

  • Pubcrawler

    Wife, girlfriend… may they never meet. (As RN are now no longer allowed to toast.)

    • Your wife is your girlfriend, Pubcrawler.

  • Inspector General

    Magnificent response from Putin, and congratulated by Trump. One is quite sure our PM can join these two and together all 3 can give us stable rule for the years to come…
    ————–
    Russia-US row: Trump praises Putin amid hacking expulsions
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38473240
    ————–

    • Politically__Incorrect

      Putin knows he has only to tolerate another 3 weeks of the Obama asylum administration. He can sit back and relax as the Democrats slowly slit their own throats, knowing that he’ll soon be talking to a president who isn’t just a Soros drone.

      • Inspector General

        One is reminded of the dreadfuls who are given notice to quit from a property and commence to smash the place up. History will record this, of course…

        • Royinsouthwest

          I was thinking exactly the same, Inspector. Obama is behaving like a tenant from Hell. He cannot actually smash up the Whitehouse but is doing his best to make things awkward for his successor. I cannot recall a previous American president behaving in such a way towards his successor. Obama does not seem to realise, or if so he doesn’t care, that his childish, petulant behaviour will damage his reputation in the long term.

          Having provoked quarrels with the Russians and Israelis will Obama be satisfied? It would not surprise me if we, the British, will be next. Three weeks is ample time for him to encourage the Argentinians to renew their claim to the Falklands.

          • Inspector General

            He’ll most likely spend his last minutes apologising to queers for God knows what…

          • Pubcrawler

            The Obamessiah has never been so active in all his eight years in office. I fear for his golf handicap.

        • Pubcrawler

          Thankfully the bust of Sir Winston will not be there for him to desecrate.

      • dannybhoy

        The thing is, whither democracy? It seems the world is moving towards governments who can make snap decisions without having to refer to an elected body. Perhaps Western democracies have gone too far down the road of personal freedom and self expression, to the detriment of what is best for the nation overall?
        Perhaps we will see the rise of business model governments?

        • Politically__Incorrect

          I think Western democracies have become elected dictatorships Danny. The real party behind them is not capitalist or socialist but cultural marxism, a strange political orthodoxy that has become a superset of the political left and right. Cultural Marxism can be found in any political party regardless of its traditional views. The election of Trump is not so much a defeat for the Democrats but a defeat for a far bigger and more tyrannical kind of politics. Hence the fear and hysterical outrage which sometimes borders on insanity.That defeat is needed for the return of true democracy.

    • David

      I just loved Putin’s sarcastic wind-up of Obama, namely the lame duck tweet. It is absolutely priceless !

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Mr. Putin is playing his hand remarkably well…seems like he is the only statesman on the planet.

  • not a machine

    As people celebrate the new year ,the appearance of time seems to finish one bit and begin the next , for some the first day of the new year will be one of loss of time, possibly a new and poorly executed in pub tattoo or even pondering which mate shaved the eyebrow off.as Mr Putin out statemans the white house somehow reminding everyone of what its like when wind is broken silently in a long elevator ride ,2016 feels a funny year ,and I expect 2017 to be as changeable. Such generalizations aside I wish a good new year to all ,keep your faith ,keep your prayer , ask Jesus to help and guide you.

  • Manfarang

    The Year of the Rooster.
    Peace and Prosperity to you all.

  • bluedog

    ‘One hopes it wasn’t an excess of ouzo in the trifle.’

    Well below the belt. Anyway, doesn’t the current royal family embark on a little teuton-signalling by giving presents on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day? In which case one might expect the trifle to be laced with a bracing measure of schnapps.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Below the belt I never go…

      • bluedog

        Prudence personified.

  • David

    As 2016 grows old, I advance Nigel Farage as undoubtedly UK Man of the Year. Merkel gets the prize for being the worst western leader of the year, and undoubtedly worst German leader ever, post-Hitler. Putin captures the prize for becoming Statesman of the Year, having outmanoeuvred all the western leaders and demonstrated that, whilst no angel, he sits on higher moral ground than any of them. In Aleppo the surviving Christians celebrate, for which Russia and its allies must take full credit, with all shame on the western mafia and its shady ME friends.

    • dannybhoy

      I Danny have often wondered why Europe especially has allowed itself to be overwhelmed with adherents of the faith which has sworn to subjugate and enslave it.
      I couldn’t understand it because as I have previously written, if the problem is a shortage of younger people, we have the resources to encourage our young to have more babies and to train our own in all the fields of medicine and science where we instead import talent from abroad.
      Then enlightenment came!
      I refer you to two articles, one by Bat Ye’or in her book Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis.. Excerpts of which can be read in this Microsoft Word link…http://www.dhimmitude.org/archive/by_eurabia_122002_eng.doc
      and this blog article from http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.co.uk/2006/10/eurabia-code_19.html
      which is based on Bat Yeor’s book..
      Briefly it reveals and analyses the historical events that gathered pace after the oil embargo of 1973 and the steps the EU took to work closely with the nations of the Arab League to achieve the continued flow of oil to Europe in return for the increase of influence and presence of Islam in Western Europe.
      Here’s an extract..

      The joint Egyptian-Syrian war against Israel in 1973
      and the Arab oil embargo, utilized as a weapon of world pressure, favored
      French schemes. Mortified by the Arab defeat after a successful beginning, the
      Arab oil-producing countries met in Kuwait (October 16-17 ), where they decided
      unilaterally to quadrupled the price of oil, to reduce gradually by 5% each
      month their production of crude oil until the withdrawal of Israel from the
      territories the Arab had lost in their war of 1967 …………………
      Panicked, the nine countries of the European Economic Community (EEC) immediately met in Brussels on November 6,1973 and tabled a joint Resolution based on their dependence on Arab oil; this Resolution was totally in line with the Franco-Arab policy in respect of Israel. (2)

      ………………….”
      The EEC’s anti-Israel decision met the Arab conditions to open a dialogue with Europe, and it was rewarded by an immediate increase in oil supplies. Born of the oil embargo, the Euro-Arab Dialogue was set up from the start as a trade-off: the EEC countries undertook to support anti-Israel Arab policy, while in exchange they would benefit from economic agreements with
      the Arab League countries.(3) The Arab side demanded a European political commitment against Israel, subordinating the economic aspect of the dialogue to the political context of the Arab war against Israel. The economic domain was thus integrated within Euro-Arab political solidarity against Israel.”

      • Anton

        Bat Ye’or has been talking sense to anybody who would listen for a long time now.

        • dannybhoy

          Frankly I have never heard of her before, and I remember very little of European politics at that time; but what I have read makes so much sense of what is going on in Europe now..

      • David

        Very good.
        Because of my lifelong interest in politics I have been aware of that for some time. But the politics goes way back, deeper than that. All this has to be seen in the context of the Coudenhove-Kalgergi plan to end white Christian western Europe and reshape it along different mixed racial and cultural lines. Ideas arising from the Frankfurt School of cultural Marxism have been immensely successful in subverting us morally, softening up the populations, deliberately divorcing them from their own cultural, historical and religious roots, all to lessen resistance to the continuing, rapid confusion and change. The latest expression of this is of course the pansexual multi-gender agenda; it’s just the latest way to pull another brick our of the wall of normal family life.
        The main mechanisms for this decades long process are the culturally leftwing dominated media and of course left leaning public education programs in schools and higher education. “Common Purpose” is another management grooming technique to get key public sector players on message.
        All this is is being politically orchestrated by the globalists and neo-Cons, preeminent amongst which is George Soros who issues his orders to people like the Clintons and a host of lesser politicos like Blair and arguably Cameron.

        But a fightback has just started, led as usual from the Mother Ship of Freedom, the UK, followed by the US. Brexit and then Trump’s victory represent the opening shots in an insurgency of the common person, which is why the establishment political and cultural elite, plus their friends, the “useful idiots” of the left, are going bonkers because A) they’ve been rumbled, B) the internet has distributed truth, showing up the non-stop lies of the MS media – Syria being a classic case, and C) the people are stirring, preparing to defend their cultures.

        Sadly most of the senior Churchmen throughout the western Churches have sold out to this globalist, left-liberal viewpoint. This is because, having lost contact with The Holy Spirit, they no longer exhort us to seek heaven with God, but settle for Socialism as the way to make heaven on earth. But hey, who cares what the A of C says, or that exceedingly silly, delusional, extreme liberal Pope speaks.

        It is in eastern Europe, churches and state, that we see the greatest understanding about what is happening. Russia holds out for sanity and a defence of Christian, european values. The EU’s eastern members, the Visegrad Group, are also solid in defending their Christian cultures. That is why the west’s elites hate Russia and Putin specifically. Now who would have thought that 20 years ago ?

        I am more optimistic now than I have been for many a year, because the fightback has just kicked off, and hopefully will gather pace. All eyes and prayers must now be focussed on Holland (Wilders) and France (Le Pen). We are not going down without a fight and we may well win ! We’ve defended our Christian culture before, from succeeding waves of military conquest, and now we must defend it from a cultural assault. With God’s help we shall prevail. But it will be an on-going maybe generational struggle.
        Blessings !

    • bluedog

      Farage has already resigned from the title you have awarded him.

  • dannybhoy

    “As the lamplighter of time snuffs out the candle of Christian Europe..”
    Great opener Mrs Proudie. Your own or borrowed?
    Thanks for all your contributions during 2016, and your gift of balancing deliciously naughty humour with your Christian faith. You really have a rare literary talent that graces and inspires this blog with its reports and insights from Barchester..
    I wish you health and happiness in 2017.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      My own dear boy, my own… and best wishes to you too for 2017

      • dannybhoy

        (Danny blushes furiously and gulps his brandy..)

  • IanCad

    Wonderfully great funny stuff to see out the Old year.
    I hope you can keep it up in the New.

  • IrishNeanderthal

    Lang may yer lum reek!

    (a Hogmanay greeting, implying “May you never be without fuel for your fire!”, but more literally translates to “Long may your chimney smoke!”)

    see https://sco.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lum_hat for a wee bit of fun.

    • dannybhoy

      Happy New Year to everyone, blessings and good health be with each one of you, and may the Lord’s name be exalted in the year ahead!