The question about whether the United Kingdom can be called a legitimate state may have become rather passé by Christmas. The latest United Nations climate change jamboree will be taking place in Paris from 30th November to 11th December. At this one they want to make everyone agree to the principle of a world government. The official web-site for the conference puts it like this:

The will to act together and to keep within the +2°C limit led to the creation of the Durban Platform (ADP), with the role of bringing together all developed and developing countries to work on a “protocol, legal instrument or agreed outcome with legal force”, applicable to all parties to the UN Framework Agreement on Climate Change. The “new instrument” will have to be adopted in 2015 and implemented from 2020, and that is the goal of the 2015 Paris Conference.

“Legal force” implies that all the members of the United Nations would agree to the existence of a universal body with the right to legislate and to enforce its laws. I imagine that it will not feel at first like a fully-fledged government, but will rather be something like the European Union, spread across the world. I shouldn’t be surprised if it began with some global Mother Earth tax; inane and sinister at the same time. The the poorer nations will probably agree to it in the hopes of getting money from the richer nations; the governing classes of the richer nations will probably subscribe in the hopes of gaining greater power over everyone, confident that even if their nations as a whole become poorer, the kinds of people who arrange United Nations’ Agreements don’t. China has apparently been guaranteed an exemption, so there is no reason why it should obstruct the process.

I suggest that anyone who wants to hear some relevant climactic, economic and political facts about the question have a look on YouTube for anything by Christopher Monckton. If we accept Belloc’s definition of genius as the capacity to think rapidly in a very great number of categories, then Viscount Monckton is clearly a genius. Originally trained in classical art and architecture, he is a very gifted mathematician who served as a political advisor to Margaret Thatcher and has published widely in scientific journals (yes, ‘peer-reviewed’ ones) on climactic matters. He is also an excellent and sometimes alliterative public speaker. In a recent talk he summarized the present political situation like this:

The breaching of the Berlin Wall and the melting down of the Iron Curtain marked not the end of totalitarianism, but the end of its confinement. The new menace to liberty is groupthink gone global. The globalization of groupthink is guilefully disguised under the green fig leaf of pietistic environmentalism. From behind that fig leaf, emerges today’s tumescent totem of totalitarian tyranny: climate change.

Here he is speaking on a recent article of which he is a co-author, arguing for the inapplicability of one of the principal equations used in calculating changes in temperature. It was published in the Chinese Bulletin of Science; on these kinds of question, free speech is more favoured in China than in the west:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE7r0gk5nmw

This one is from a few years ago, being a more general survey of the question. It was given to a well-known institute of higher education in East Anglia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppQl6KYyMqA

I can claim no specialist knowledge on this subject. But I know a stink when I smell one. And when the United Nations, the world’s press and the world’s politicians profess certainty about so complex a question, and will brook no opposition – why, it stinks to high heaven.

Alta Trinità beata,
da noi sempre adorata,
Trinità gloriosa
unità maravigliosa,
>
Alta Trinità beata,
da noi sempre adorata,
Trinità gloriosa
unità maravigliosa,
>
Tu sei manna saporosa
e tutta desiderosa.
>
Tu sei manna saporosa
e tutta desiderosa.

Letter sent by Blessed Gregory X to Blessed John of Vercelli, Master General of the Order of Preachers

IHS

Gregory, Bishop, Servant of the Servants of God, to our very dear son, the Master General of the Order of Preachers, salutation and apostolic benediction.

Recently, during the Council held at Lyons, we deemed it a useful commendation to exhort the faithful to enter the house of God with humility and devotion, and to conduct themselves while there in a becoming manner, so as to merit the divine favour and at the same time to give edification. We have also judged it proper to persuade the faithful to demonstrate more reverence for that name above all names, the only name in which we claim salvation- the name of Jesus Christ, Who has redeemed us from the bondage of sin. Consequently, in view of obeying that apostolic precept, in the Name of Jesus let every knee be bent; we wish that at the Holy Sacrifice, every one would bow his head in token that interiorly he bends the knee of his heart.

Wherefore, my very dear son, we, by our apostolic authority, exhort and enjoin upon you and the brothers of your Order to use solid reason in preaching to the people, that they may be led to comply with our desires. Thus you will win the crown of justice in the day of recompense.

Given at Lyons, on the twelfth Calendes of October, third year of our Pontificate.

Is the United Kingdom a legitimate state? I should argue that it is not, since 17th July 2013. This was the day when the queen gave royal assent to the ‘Same-Sex Marriage Bill’. This act of parliament is in fact, even if not in the explicit intention of all the legislators, a rejection of the very notion of marriage and therefore of the family. They have denied not just a property of marriage, as happened with the introduction of divorce, but the very essence of marriage. They have replaced marriage by something else which is not marriage – since it can be entered into by two people of the same sex – while keeping the name of marriage. It is exactly as if the local council were to send round a man with a bull-dozer to knock down your house and replace it with a full-size cardboard model of a house, and then tell you that it was the same thing.

They have rejected marriage. In rejecting marriage they have also rejected the family, since the family is marriage with its fruitfulness.

But “the family is the original cell (cellula) of social life” (CCC 2207). I take this to mean that according to natural law, the family is both anterior in its rights to society and the place in which a child is trained to live in society.

So those who claim power over the land mass of Great Britain and northern Ireland have rejected the very institution in which the State is rooted and by which it endures. It is as if a bishop were to deny the existence of baptism; or as if a doctor were to deny that nature and art have any power to heal; or as if a professor were to deny that the young can learn or remember truth. Or since by ancient metaphor we speak of the ship of State, it as if a pilot were to deny that men can build a craft able to carry them over the waves.

What should we naturally say in such cases? I think we should say, not that the bishop was necessarily deposed from his see, the professor from his chair, or the doctor or pilot from their guild; this would seem to be the task of some higher authority to accomplish; but rather, that they no longer had the right actually to govern those hitherto subject to their authority. The bishop who denied baptism would have no right to move his presbyters from place to place; the doctor who denied that sickness can be healed would have no right to order his apprentices to serve him; the professor would have no right to be listened to with attention while he lectured; the pilot could no longer legitimately command his crew. For after the depositions had duly taken place, no one would blame the priests, apprentices, students and sailors for ignoring the bidding of their former superiors.

Likewise those who deny the family, and enforce this denial by the policeman and the gaol, have no right to govern any men and women among whom they live. Elizabeth II may still be the queen, David Cameron her prime minister, and members of parliament still members of parliament (for the pope has not deposed them) but they have no right to legislate or govern. That is what I mean by saying that the United Kingdom has not been a legitimate state for two years, one month and six days.

StMary'sChapel

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‘In earliest childhood we had played,

Where Jesmond’s limpid waters glide ;

In Jesmond’s sacred chapel prayed

Before the altar side by side.’

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