Disaster strikes and what do we do? Well, it would seem that political agitators declare a celebration and start exploiting human tragedy to stir up rebellion. And yes, the word is used deliberately because that is exactly what we are seeing from the likes of John MacDonnell and his ‘Day of rage’ (see, http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/819499/Day-Of-Rage-London-Protest-John-McDonnell-blasted-for-endorsing-march-on-Parliament-video; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/25/john-mcdonnell-claims-grenfell-tower-fire-victims-murdered-political/), and the perennially discontented Left, who still, it would appear, want nothing so much as to string up anyone who disagrees with their dystopian vision of the future from the nearest lamppost.
The furious reaction of Grenfell Tower residents at the first public meeting of Kensington and Chelsea Council to be chaired by their new leader – the last one having been forced to resign – is surely a case in point. The fire without doubt was a tragedy of such gargantuan proportions that the whole nation was justifiably filled with horror. To have lived through it must have been hell. But attempts to help were immediate – from the bravery of the fire fighters and emergency services, to the overwhelming generosity of the public who donated enough (largely unwanted) clothes to kit out a small nation, to the local council, government … and even the Queen. All rushed to help. Inevitably, in the first bewildered attempts to get a handle on what had happened, there was confusion, and perhaps in retrospect at least part of the response could have been better planned, but the impetus to help was unstintingly sincere, and those efforts continue. In just the same way, efforts to pinpoint the cause were immediate and, leaving the angry rhetoric aside, at no point has there so far been any credible suggestion of a cover-up or attempts to suppress the truth.
Yet all we have heard reported in the media from survivors have been unremitting expressions of anger and accusations of guilt. Someone has to pay, they cry! But those ‘someones’ appear to be anyone connected with the British establishment, who they appear to want replaced wholesale by… by whom?
Now there’s the rub!
It seems our grumbling and discontented malcontents are so intent on screaming ‘abuse’ that they won’t let themselves be helped, no matter how genuine and honest the efforts being made – whether by hapless councillors who surely, despite accusations of malpractice, have been trying for years to provide for the people in their care; or by members of the Inquiry set up to investigate the reasons for the fire; or by the Conservative government. All offers and attempts are alike deemed a failure – seemingly to be rejected out of hand as unworthy even of consideration. In fact, all offers of help up to now seem to have been branded capitalist exploitation – wicked plots to have the poor and disadvantaged removed … eradicated. There have even been whispers that the fire was deliberately orchestrated to achieve this end!
So what is it these people, the survivors – many of whom, we are told, are in this country illegally – want? What will satisfy them?
Admittedly, those of us not directly affected cannot fully appreciate the mountain of anguish those afflicted now face. And of course they need and deserve our help – but it would seem that genuinely sincere efforts to provide acceptable housing and support are being made.
One would have thought, at some point then, that a small thank you might have been in order – rather than the feral howls of denunciation and screams for retribution currently filling the news and that seem inexorably, if the demands aren’t met, paving the way for riot.
The reason this is so disturbing, however, is that it appears symptomatic of a more generalised climate of universal complaint, being deliberately stoked by those seeking ideological and political change in order to grab power. To put it another way, it has the flavor of deliberate destabilisation of society, built on exploitation of the vulnerable and ignorant, in order to foment civil unrest that will overturn the old order and give rise to the imposition of socialist rule.
Let us make no mistake, what we are witnessing is at heart a spiritual battle for the soul of our nation. This cannot go on. We need as a matter of urgency to recover our national identity, and to be ‘proud’ of those values that once made our nation so great. In particular, we need unashamedly to recover and stand on our Christian heritage – because those are the values that truly do underpin our democracy. There have undoubtedly been mistakes, and it is imperative they are now addressed and put right. But credit should be given in those cases where it is due. And cringing in shame before unjustified accusations of corruption, exploitation, and abuse help no one. Infinitely worse, such a response can only feed the lawless and unprincipled, creating a society where dog eats dog, and where the vulnerable truly will have no defence.