Friday, February 08, 2008

The Archdruid of Canterbury

Dear readers,

I would like to take this opportunity, as a Welsh, to apologize to the people of England for the presence of Dr Rowan Williams in your public life.

Now you know why we disestablished him and his kind back in 1914.

And no, we won't take him back.


Anonymous said...

Speaking as a Primitive Methodist, I can but only be appalled by the voluptuousness of this man’s thinking.

Gorilla Bananas said...

I've been wondering who Dr Williams reminded me of and you've lifted the fog from my eyes. If he's really Catweazle, you can't blame him for wanting to appease the Saracens. I mean, they were really kicking ass big time in the 11th century. No bodyguard required for the Archbishop then.

The Birdwatcher said...

He may be a bumbling idiot, but to para phrase what someone has already said of Abu Hamza, he's our bumbling idiot. ( I have my British hat on of course not my narrow minded English hat)

No Good Boyo said...

Gadjo, if you've got to be religious I suppose it's best to be honest and wear the page of primitive proudly.

GB, I wonder whether Dr Williams had the Anglican clergy of Pakistan cross read his article. No, I don't really.

Birdwatcher, we Welsh would like to thank you for taking possession of the archbishop.

Anonymous said...

Strewth, good point NGB, about the plight of Anglicans etc in Pakistan. Bring back Catweazle, he was definitely a Primitive and would never have given lip-service to laws of any kind.

M C Ward said...

Dr Williams' remarks are proof that you CAN judge a book by its cover.

No Good Boyo said...

Absolutely, MC. To expand on George Orwell, "ivory-cloistered, patronising, befrocked busybodies have the face they deserve at 50".

Having said that, the Anglican Communion would not be able constantly to miss the point with such brio if it weren't for the presence of such wooly luminaries in its upper ranks.

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

What's Cavafy got to do with it?

No Good Boyo said...

Madame Wayne-Bough, I refer you to his masterwork:

What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?

The barbarians are due here today.

Why isn’t anything happening in the senate?

Why do the senators sit there without legislating?

Because the barbarians are coming today.
What laws can the senators make now?
Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.

Why did our emperor get up so early, and why is he sitting at the city’s main gate on his throne, in state, wearing the crown?

Because the barbarians are coming today and the emperor is waiting to receive their leader.

He has even prepared a scroll to give him, replete with titles, with imposing names.

Why have our two consuls and praetors come out today wearing their embroidered, their scarlet togas?

Why have they put on bracelets with so many amethysts, and rings sparkling with magnificent emeralds?

Why are they carrying elegant canes
beautifully worked in silver and gold?

Because the barbarians are coming today and things like that dazzle the barbarians.

Why don’t our distinguished orators come forward as usual
to make their speeches, say what they have to say?

Because the barbarians are coming today and they’re bored by rhetoric and public speaking.

Why this sudden restlessness, this confusion? (How serious people’s faces have become.)

Why are the streets and squares emptying so rapidly, everyone going home so lost in thought?

Because night has fallen and the barbarians have not come.

And some who have just returned from the border say there are no barbarians any longer.

And now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?

They were, those people, a kind of solution.

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