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Watch out for the woke New Puritans

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THE death of Elizabeth II seems to have had a fairly sobering impact on the British population. As we pause to reflect on the graceless values that have come to define our age and attempt to discern what will become guiding principles under Charles III, it’s worth looking at the successors to other long-reigning female British monarchs for some clues.

Both James I and Edward VII, who succeeded Elizabeth I and Victoria respectively, despite being reasonable enough became embroiled in constitutional crises involving threats to diminish the power of the House of Lords. For James I it was the Gunpowder Plot, and under Edward VII the Lords lost their right to veto legislation after refusing to pass the ‘People’s Budget’. The latter is viewed by modern historians as reflective of a profound shift to the left, even an abandonment of Britain’s unwritten constitution and a dangerous Parliamentary deadlock that was relieved only by the outbreak of World War I.

Charles III, like his predecessors who followed strong female monarchs, has an unenviably tough road ahead of him, not least because as history shows there will always be those who seek to gain a political foothold to their advantage at any change or a mere hint of instability.

Given the current economic policies undertaken by our grossly incompetent Government and the Bank of England, unable to stop runaway inflation or spiralling energy costs, with a recession looming if not already here, will the Carolean era be marked, as was its Jacobean counterpart, by severe economic depression? Which will of course amplify the very real risk of political and social instability. 

Yet could it be another creeping force that dominates and even outweighs financial considerations, that Andrew Doyle and Anne Applebaum describe as a ‘New Puritanism’.

Whether the new model (and merciless) social codes they identify as being for the good is a moot point. Andrew Doyle examines the new Puritans and their religion of Social Justice in his recently published book The New Puritans: How the Religion of Social Justice Captured the Western World. It might be a fight back against the progressives’ era of fun, but whether it is truly grounded in virtue is doubtful.

What motivates these New Puritans is not just their desperate need to believe in something but also a need for conformity and compliance that must be enforced by mob rule via social media, peer pressure and public shaming. What Cromwell did with a model army using physical force, the modern Carolean model army does by gaslighting. The new belief system is summed up by the phrase ‘Believe in something, even if it never happened’, articulated by the great Larry Elder.

It could be the definition of fundamentalism. The tweet referred to an incident last December when an American actor called Jussie Smollett gained widespread sympathy and fame from claiming to have been the victim of a racially motivated attack before being found to have paid his ‘attackers’ to stage the hate crime.  

It should have come as no surprise to anyone that the bandwagon in Smollett’s case became filled with the same believers in BLM, climate catastrophe, Covid and any other new religion that needs a rainbow or yellow and blue flag along with dedicated rituals such as excessive hand-sanitising, mask wearing and the wringing of hands and self-flagellation.

As we enter this new Cromwellian (albeit this time led by a monarch) era, defenders of both liberty and the true Christian values of virtue and compassion must keep watchful eyes out for evermore manipulative, fear-based messaging disseminated by the big tech priest class and leftist institutions. They will certainly be out in force administering rites and distributing alms (in the form of ‘likes’ and other approvals) to the masses and rewarding woke behaviour. Genuine defenders of justice must ignore the ridiculous mandates of the Green Net Zero monks, and the mournful wails of the Covid/monkeypox/insert next ‘pandemic’ sackcloth-and-ashes brigade you hear over the BBC and other mainstream captured airwaves.

These acolytes of the new cults will ask you to sacrifice your dignity, integrity and your very soul – your life, in fact – in pursuit of their limitless and capricious agendas. Because no amount of gnashing of teeth and self-immolation will ever be enough for them and their false gods.

Let’s focus instead on compassionate measures to improve ordinary everyday lives that may be made in a society which has lost its moral compass and needs to find a way back to decency, through a rational and considered approach.

This, surely, is what Her Majesty believed in during her reign.

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Bridget Jones 2024
Bridget Jones 2024
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