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A Nation Bound for Chaos

“When Statesmen Forsake Their Own Private Conscience For the Sake of Their Public Duties …They Lead Their Country by A Short Route To Chaos”

In a recent interview (November 2007), former British Prime Minister Tony Blair suggested that his Christian faith had always been very important to him. The comment – naturally enough, in our materialist society – was greeted with dismay, scepticism, and derision; “We don’t do God!” as one of his closest advisers had once said, displaying the Government’s attitude to faith.

Today, the idea of leaders having sets of beliefs and principles, which govern their lives, and those of the major decisions they take – which affect us all – is quite alien. Today’s world is an amoral, pragmatic one, where people in power readily bend to every wind that is blowing.

There is no objective source of  “right” and “wrong” – these are only what you decide for yourself at any one time – and the only necessity is to fool the public for long enough to get voted back in (this inherent weakness in our system – the requirement only to pander to the voters, and only for some of the time – proves the old adage that democracy is no more than the least-worst system currently available (think of the tortuous process of establishing the nature of Goodness and Justice that Plato’s Republic required of would-be rulers)).

And while Tony Blair seemed to evidence more personal integrity than a lot of politicians, he still presided (silently, surely, in moral terms) over a government which, more than any ever before it, dismantled traditional Christian ideas of the way society should be ordered (demolishing, for example, the traditional family), and acquiescing, at least, to the prolonging of that present-day holocaust, the abortion industry.

Now, we are told, Mr Blair is on the verge of becoming a Roman Catholic, and the fact that his governments trashed many things Catholicism holds as central, suggests that today’s ruler is in reality some kind Post-Modernist relativist whose (“personal”) beliefs are put back in the closet the moment decisions about the outer world have to be made, suggesting the kind of private/public ethical/amoral separation described by Nancy Pearcey (Total Truth, 2004).

But such separations, such dissociation between realms of ethical sovereignty, can only produce disaster – as the speed with which our society is racing to destruction testifies. The words at the head of this article are put into the mouth of Thomas More (1478-1535) by Robert Bolt (in his play, and film, A Man for All Seasons (1960, 1966)); have ever truer words been uttered?