Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Christmas!

"Socialism which means love, cooperation and brotherhood in every department of human affairs, is the only outward expression of a Christian's faith. I am firmly convinced that whether they know it or not, all who approve and accept competition and struggle against each other as the means whereby we gain our daily bread, do indeed betray and make of no effect the will of God. Keep in mind the fact that the Son of Man, the Christ who lived and was executed by the people of His day, was a great leader, and leader of the common people. It was His great message of love and Brotherhood which brought him to his death. Whatever else I may write, the most important and undying truth is that without love all our efforts at building Jerusalem will fail."

The words of George Lansbury, the greatest- and most inspirational- of all 20th century Labour Party leaders.

A very happy- and peaceful- Christmas to all readers of this blog.

And to help you get into a good festive mood, click on the video above to watch a classic clip from the Christmas episode of the 1970s BBCtv series The Good Life.



Roland Hulme said...

Happy Christmas, Neil - or Happy Holidays, as we politically correct have to say over here. I don't see eye-to-eye with you on much, but you're a good sport and I look forward to disagreeing with many more blogs of yours in the year to come!

Douglas said...

I've been experimenting with "God Rest Ye Merry" as a farewell statement, as "Merry Christmas" is freighted with many different meanings.

I'm still too boggled just thinking about Christmas to get to the political consequences. I wrote about it here.

Even though we disagree on a number of things, you've been most gentlemanly to me. So God Rest Ye Merry this season...

Karl Naylor said...

Richard Briers once said that he hated sitting on the Tube. He could not get used to the language of 'fuck' and shit'. The way people talked to one another he said was not civil and dehumanising.

I loved the clip Neil.

Have you read Roger Scruton's England An Elegy ?