The Rising of 16

pizapcom146219386145812Jessica and I are both rather taken with Ruth Davidson, the leader of the conservative opposition in the Scottish Parliament. Jess wrote about her, here, and she just keeps sounding better and better. For instance, last Sunday, writing on one of my favorite British blogs, A Conservative Woman, Tom Gallager said this.

The SNP’s [Scotish National Party] membership swelled during the referendum which David Cameron carelessly gifted to Alex Salmond when he was First Minister, on terms that suited the SNP. Militant activists from post-industrial west-central Scotland now dominate the party. The new party leader, Nicola Sturgeon, sought to appease them by talking up the chances of another vote on Scotland’s constitutional future in an otherwise lacklustre campaign.

The Scottish Tories have got a capable team who often sound authentic because many can relate to the farmers, housewives, small business people, owner occupiers and aspirational young people overlooked by the SNP in favour of urban activist groups.

Months on the stump under a massively popular young leader, Ruth Davidson, have persuaded a lot of Scots to take a fresh look at the Tories and not dismiss them as class-ridden, out-of-touch and anti-Scottish.

Like Labour before it, a mediocre SNP has ramped up the anti-Tory rhetoric to make up for its glaring deficiencies during 9 years in office. But outside some Clydeside areas, this opportunistic tactic has obtained diminishing returns.  Six Tories have been elected for single constituencies instead of relying on salvation by getting a place on the list system which makes voting in Scotland roughly proportional. They include Davidson herself in Edinburgh, Adam Tomkins in Glasgow, an academic who played a formidable role in the 2014 referendum, and a swathe of new MSPs right across southern Scotland.

via Tom Gallagher: The SNP is obsessed with social engineering – The Conservative Woman

Yep, and you know, part of what I detest about politics here, and in Britain as well, is all the negativity and campaigning by running down your opponent. Since Jess moved to Edinburgh (and had the pleasure of voting for Ms. Davidson, which I envy) I’ve been watching the Scottish news fairly regularly, and if anything Ms. Sturgeon comes off worse to me than Tom says above.

Not much of that with Ms. Davidson. She seems to be all about responsible government, improvements, especially in education, Britain’s educational system is in almost as bad shape as ours, and for the same reasons, mostly. Tom also made this point.

The SNP is dominated by lawyers and managerial types who along with mobilised minorities have sought to turn Scotland into a laboratory for  ever more radical forms of equality laws, which are a screen for heavy state control of society by ‘experts’ and overseers.

It is well-known that Ruth Davidson is a lesbian, less well-known that she is a practising Christian who has boosted the appeal of her party by offering common sense answers to problems rather than ideological prescriptions. She is committed to making government more transparent and less centralised and arbitrary. With this approach she struck a chord with numerous Scots throrougly fed up with SNP autocracy.

The Scottish Tories are stronger in terms of brains, experience and broad appeal than any of their competitors. This is quite a turn around for a political force written off by academics and media commentators as moribund or from another age. They will make their presence felt in the committee system of parliament where the SNP has been able to ram through civil service blueprints for turning Scotland into a thoroughly state-controlled entity.

As I said to Jess recently, Davidson portrays conservative parties as they should be, both here and there. What I said was this, “The party of productive people at all levels, and all (how do I say this) lifestyles.” because as conservatives, we know that what you do at home isn’t our business, it’s yours, and likely something for you to take up with God, not the politicos. That to me is the worst part of the very leftist SNP, they really do want to stick their nose in your bedroom.

But let Ruth Davidson speak for herself.

Too often, our parliament has focused on the powers it hasn’t got and on endless debates about the constitution.

The time for that is over.

Whatever else Nicola Sturgeon has, she doesn’t have a mandate to drag independence back to the forefront of political debate.

This is one area where I will be uncompromising. There can be no excuse for the SNP to continually hold our country to ransom.

We’ve had enough of the grievance. Enough of the dog-whistle politics which always seeks to lay the blame at Westminster. Enough of the clumsy attempts to claim that whatever the problem in Scotland is, the answer is independence.

The SNP were sent a clear message last week.

The people of Scotland asked them to govern for five more years.

In denying them an overall majority, the voters put them on a shorter leash.

The SNP need to focus on the day job. Making sure they do will be my guiding mission for the next five years.

via: Ruth Davidson: I will work with the SNP as opposition leader – But there will be NO second referendum on my watch

My sort of conservative, she is!

The title? Well, if you know your history, you’ll know that in 1715, there was a rebellion in Scotland against King George I, attempting to restore to the Throne King James II, after King George had purged the Tories from government, and amongst other things, imprisoned in the Tower Robert Harley, for supposed financial mismanagement. The rebellion succeeded for a time in Scotland under the earl of Mar but ultimately failed, almost everyone was pardoned, except for Rob Roy MacGregor, eventually, the entire Clan Gregor was mostly suppressed, many coming to America. In fact, MacGregor, Iowa is named for the clan. The rebellion has come down to us as ‘The Rising of 15’.

And that made me think of a few line from Walter Scott’s poem Glenfinlas

Not so, by high Dunlathmon’s fire,
Thy heart was froze to love and joy,
When gaily rung thy raptured lyre
To wanton Morna’s melting eye.

Angry and afraid, Moy replies,

And thou! when by the blazing oak
I lay, to her and love resign’d,
Say, rode ye on the eddying smoke,
Or sail’d ye on the midnight wind?

Not thine a race of mortal blood
Nor old Glengyle’s pretended line;
Thy dame, the Lady of the Flood—
Thy sire, the Monarch of the Mine.

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24 Responses to The Rising of 16

  1. OyiaBrown says:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

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  2. I don’t know what it is about us human beings, and now especially in the so-called conservative political place, when we choose to support a woman who is an out-right lesbian, and a so-called practicing, and I assume a conservative Christian? Let’s forget our own religious positions for the moment, but this is itself already a logical fallacy! And then when we do bring in our conservative biblicism & Judeo-Christian theology, we are in a quandary to say the least! No, no matter how nice, and perhaps even brilliant this woman might be, we can’t begun in such a place, at least to my mind! Sorry, logic does matter and first here, but then I am myself both a Brit, conservative and a biblical and theological Christian!

    *And let me say, this is NOT a personal judgment, on one woman per se, but a logical, biblical and theological one foremost! (Again, one conservative man’s thoughts.) May the debate continue!

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    • NEO says:

      There’s no debate here. Her sexual preferences are none of my business, that’s between her and God. Politically she is a very good Tory, far better than the posh boys in Westminster, and that’s why I really like her. If you think you’re qualified to judge others, well…that’s your business, not mine, and I think it well above our pay grade.

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      • NEO, as a Christian Anglican myself, and a presbyter, I MUST stand on the Word of God itself, and it is here that we ARE called to judgments! Sorry, but this is just a non sequitur to me! And make no mistake, our sexual ethics has been turned on top of its head, to say the least, today! Btw, how would we feel if we found out the Apostle Paul was so-called gay? It would surely be an oxymoron to say the least, and make Paul out to be both a hypocrite, and something of a liar! Yes, were ALL sinful-beings, but we should seek to try to live towards the biblical model, ‘In Christ’! And the Christian life is always toward moral judgments. And that’s all of “our pay grade”!

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        • NEO says:

          Nope, we are called to at most condemn the sin, we are never called on to judge the sinner, that is God’s job exclusively. Maybe that’s uncomfortable for you, but the truth is like that.

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        • Sorry mate, but read 1 Cor. 5! And while were at it, read 1 Cor. 6: 9-10. Yes, verse 11 too, “such were (past tense) some of you, but you are washed, and you are sanctified..”

          Btw, I see and hear about peoples sexual choices and problems almost daily as a priest, and THIS is surely grave today, make no mistake! (1 Cor. 6: 13-20, noting especially verse 18!)

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        • Would that we had time here to study 1 Cor. 6: 9-10 especially! I know I have done some homework here, and it is quite profound! I will just quote The NET Bible translation here: “”Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, dunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

          This with Romans 1: 18-32 says it all, of course with the Jewish revelation of Lev. 18: 22, and it being an “abomination” (a moral stench) before God! And the Moral Law of God simply does NOT change! Indeed tough words from God!

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        • NEO says:

          And what, exactly, does that have to do with running the Scottish opposition? It may or may not be what I believe, but it is undoubtedly irrelevant to the discussion here. And for that matter, where does it give you the right to judge anybody but yourself? God is the only lawgiver and the only judge.

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        • NEO: YOU keep missing my and the original point! Which is logic and the conservative moral right and wrong of God! Again, true Christians ARE called to make these moral choices, that GOD has quite revealed! THIS is one of the great problems of modernity & postmodernity, which we see today. Moral and sexual ethics are always before the true Christian today! And this is simply but profoundly part of the Lordship of Jesus Christ! 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Sorry, that’s above my pay grade, and yours, and the topic is closed.

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        • Well this is your blog! So I will close! But MY pay grade comes from Jesus Christ! 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          So quit trying to fleet up to his level. 🙂

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        • Well I take both my regeneration (New Birth) and calling to the ministry seriously! For both come from God In Christ! I will leave the political BS to you!

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  3. the unit says:

    Duh…I’m staying out of this. Remember I just a “Mama Said” sort of expert. 🙂
    Mama made hash. Never had such good since. No store bought or political party could match.
    Yeah, we may never be able to “hash it out”, principles and beliefs engrained and profound now.
    Still I can wish to hear…”It’s Morning in America Again.” Do you hear what I hear?

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    • the unit says:

      I meant…”Mama Tried.” And I heard what mama said. 🙂

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      • NEO says:

        🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Early on she said…”you got no business taking tadpoles out of that mud hole.” So I minded my own then. lol

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        • NEO says:

          Yepper 🙂

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  4. JessicaHof says:

    Good post dearest friend. We are, as you say, talking about the leader of a political party, not a church leader. We have leaders of the 4 main parties up here, three of whom are gay, and three of whom are atheists – I for one am glad they don’t map on and that the leader of the opposition is someone who knows Jesus and believes in him. The rest I leave for those with the leisure 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Concur, of course. Better a gay Christian than an atheist anything to my mind. But, in truth, ethics mean more to me in politics, and part of that is being open about who one is. Nor have I time to judge everyone who comes along. 🙂

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      • Well obviously I disagree with both of you on the whole political apparatus of our time! But then working closely with people as a hospital chaplain, and doing much one on one with people pastorally, I see the raw side of our sexual culture today and what it has done to peoples minds! And no amount of any political touches here, at the so-called religious core of people and their spiritual needs! 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          So, a gay atheist running the opposition would be better? I feel sorry for you, must be hard, being so judgemental. 🙂

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        • YOUR fighting with and at the wrong end mate! I seek to do Christian pastoral work, you are talking at the political and theoretical level. And this simply does NOT touch the heart or the sin of man! “But those who live by truth come into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” (John 3: 21)

          *After watching the whole American political process and especially the GOP, with Trump, and the so-called American Evangelicals voting for him, I am quite done with the whole mess!

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        • And I cannot even vote here! 😉

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