Are true Conservatives a thing of distant memory? Have they died out completely? Where are men like Baron Hailsham who wrote in 1963:
Our country is being destroyed before our eyes by a conspiracy of intellectuals without faith, delinquents without honour, muckrackers without charity or compassion, young men who are incapable of dreaming dreams, and old men who have never known what it is to see visions. In the public life of today a public man is mocked when he speaks about patriotism....
A cynical sneer greets references to honour and integrity in political as in business affairs.... And if someone by any chance says he believes in a healthy family life as the foundation of civilisation or backs the traditional Christian ethic on sex and morals we hear an awful lot of nonsense about the need for tolerance and charity in allowing the young to be taught to do as they please, and in allowing them to be kept in ignorance about the inevitable and disastrous consequences of doing so, when the squalid consequences of their doing so are being played out daily in Parliament and the Courts.
Quintin Hogg: 'National Excellence' (Conservative Political Centre, 1963)
We plod on, staggering ever forward into the nightmare around us. Somehow I'm reminded of Joshua and Caleb when they set out with the other spies to see the Promised Land. Only they came back with anything approaching optimism and trust in the Lord, the other spies were overwhelmed with what they saw before them in the tribes of Canaan that were inhabiting their land. And as the tribes of Canaan, in the spiritual sense of scripture, can represent the seven deadly sins, then we too must take heart :
Be not rebellious against the Lord: and fear ye not the people of this
land, for we are able to eat them up as bread. All aid is gone from
them: the Lord is with us, fear ye not.
There is no politics on this earth that can save us.