Thursday 23rd September 2021

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

As In The United States . . . Voters See Reasons To Rise Against Elite Establishments In Britain

June 2, 2014 Frontpage No Comments


The British political elite’s lukewarm or hostile positions toward traditional-values issues could have been a major reason that some voters instead chose the insurgent United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) in recent elections, a British pro-life leader told The Wanderer.
“It is certainly likely that UKIP has benefited from voters disillusioned with the stance of other parties on pro-life and family issues,” said Paul Tully, general secretary of Britain’s Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). “In the case of Conservative Party voters defecting to UKIP, [Conservative Prime Minister] David Cameron’s championing of so-called gay marriage is likely to have been a major factor.
“This may also have been an issue for Labor [Party] voters defecting to UKIP, although the media pundits generally prefer to ascribe the working-class support for UKIP to xenophobia and racism,” Tully added in a May 27 e-mail to The Wanderer.
UKIP’s unexpectedly strong performance in the late-May elections showed it winning significant support from both Conservative and Labor Party voters, each of whom was said to have felt left out by the agendas of elite leaders.
While some voters seeking a traditional-values alternative may have turned away from the long-established parties, there were complicating factors that meant a vote for UKIP, founded only in 1993, wasn’t necessarily a straightforward pro-life vote.
Tully, the SPUC official, said, “UKIP does not take a position on core pro-life issues, though it did oppose the legal redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples when this was being debated last year (in the UK Parliament).”
Moreover, Tully said, as candidates sought to become members of the European Parliament (MEPs), “It is also difficult to assess the impact of pro-life issues in the European elections for structural reasons.
“Officially the European Union has no jurisdiction on abortion — it is a matter for individual member states to legislate on,” Tully said. “This is rather misleading, however, since the EU certainly does involve itself in abortion politics and abortion promotion (e.g., in developing countries). A recent example of the EU engaging on abortion was the Estrela report — a radically pro-abortion report submitted to the Parliament that was very narrowly rejected.
“Despite this, many MEP candidates refuse to declare a position on abortion because formally it is not a matter within the competence of the EU,” he said.
“A further difficulty is that the voting system used in England and Wales does not allow voters to designate a preferred candidate,” Tully continued. “Votes are cast only for a party, and MEPs are elected depending on the number of votes their party receives. Because issues like abortion do not always run on clear party lines, it is usually impossible to ‘vote pro-life’ — unless it is possible to elicit the voting commitment of all the candidates on pro-life issues, and unless it happens that all of a party’s candidates hold a similar commitment.
“The size of constituencies and difficulty of contacting candidates mean that even the first step is virtually impossible (in the London constituency, for example, there were over 120 candidates in total),” Tully said.
In any event, he said, “SPUC remains firmly nonaligned in its approach, and will continue to lobby for pro-life policies regardless of the party-political situation.”

Wins In Ireland

Meanwhile, Cora Sherlock reported at on May 27 that there were some heartening results for pro-lifers in the recent Irish elections: “A significant number of the newly elected councillors are immediately identifiable as strongly pro-life from their vocal opposition to the recent abortion legislation. This is a really encouraging development.”
Writing in Britain’s liberal Guardian about UKIP’s strengths, John Harris noted on May 23, “If a party is averaging 47 percent of the vote in a Labor stronghold such as Rotherham, toppling Tories from their perches in crucial Conservative territory, and apparently heading toward first place in the European contest, something important is obviously afoot.”
The Labor Party generally would be thought of as socialist.
“Moreover, if people are supporting UKIP in such large numbers — even after the media’s massed guns have been rattling at it for weeks — it is probably time to drop all the sneering and think about why,” Harris said.
He added that “on my side of politics, the most difficult stuff to process is about things from which the left tends to avert its eyes: notions of identity and belonging, anxiety about accelerated change and the fact that that leftie hooray-word ‘community’ can actually have chewy connotations. Crudely put, when you meet a Labor-UKIP switcher who expresses worries about immigration, you can’t simply reduce what they say to falling wages and the lack of social housing.”
A victory photo on the online home page of UKIP showed party leader Nigel Farage surrounded by celebrating supporters. Of the seven clearly identifiable people’s faces around Farage, two were black, and a woman appeared to be from perhaps India or Pakistan.
U.S. radio talk host Laura Ingraham on May 27 played Farage’s voice gloating that the other parties’ leaders looked like goldfish tipped onto the floor that were desperately gasping.
In an analysis posted early on May 26, Neil Munro, White House correspondent of The Daily Caller web site in the U.S., said Cameron’s Conservative Party “lost a large share of its votes to UKIP as immigration escalated year by year — spurring competition for jobs, housing, and education services.”
It was a complaint frequently voiced — that unlimited immigration was holding down wages and limiting citizens’ opportunities.
Munro noted a parallel with “the Constitution-minded Tea Party movement in the United States, which opposes ‘crony capitalism’ in Washington, D.C., and the push by progressives and business groups to double the annual inflow of legal immigrants and guest workers up to roughly 4 million per year.
“That inflow would be roughly equal to the number of American youths who turn 18 each year, and would drastically increase the labor supply, amid a slack economy, a shrinking middle class, increasing automation, and flat wages,” Munro wrote.
Farage issued a statement as election time dawned, saying that Prime Minister Cameron had broken his promise to the British people to get immigration under control. Cameron “has done so because he refuses to take back control of our borders in respect of more than 400 million people from more than two dozen countries on continental Europe,” Farage said.
“. . . It is also clear that we are seeing a very significant surge in immigration into the British labor market from Romania and Bulgaria, as well as a more general rise in EU immigration, just as I forecast,” Farage said. “We simply cannot go on like this if we are to even begin the task of restoring the living standards and community cohesion available to millions of hardworking British families. Enough’s enough.”
Meanwhile, moderate conservative blogger and Catholic Tim Stanley of Britain’s London-based Telegraph wrote:
“Ukippers have been scorned and mocked for a long time, but they’ve now earned the right to be treated with respect. They are a key part of the British political process in the sense that they now are the soapbox for those who feel left behind, envisage a radically different future, or who are just fed up with how things are and want their frustrations to be heard. We should listen to them.”
And the editor of the Telegraph blogs, Damian Thompson, also a conservative Catholic, noted that among Church officials, “assorted prelates have dismissed [UKIP’s immigration policies] as wicked without giving the matter a second thought.
“It’s true that UKIP aims to replace our open doors with a strict points-based system. You can make an argument that this is un-Christian, but if the Churches are going to insist that there’s an imperative to oppose it, then they also have to say that no Australian Christian can vote for the country’s ruling Liberal/National coalition, which is operating such a system with popular support,” Thompson said.
Various observers noted the similarities between UKIP and the U.S. Tea Party movement, both of which arose in outrage that vital national concerns simply were ignored by the established powers — although the Tea Party flexed its muscles faster.
Even after Tea Partiers burst onto the scene in 2009 because of Barack Obama ramming massive federal spending even higher, the establishment made little attempt to accommodate their concerns. The Republican upper crust sneered, and Obama, as subsequently became plain, threw the oppressive power of the federal government against this citizens’ movement.
Pro-life voters would be another group that expects to see action from the political class, not mere symbolic words that go nowhere.
More than 90 lawsuits have been filed against the anti-conscience “mandate” of Obamacare — which requires taxpayer funding of risky contraceptives, sterilization and abortifacients.

Familiar Betrayals

However, conservative editor Terence Jeffrey wrote that neither pro-life Republican U.S. Senators Tom Coburn of Oklahoma nor Pat Roberts of Kansas asked Sylvia Burwell to express any commitment that this imposition would be changed (The Wanderer, May 29, p. B3, “HHS Confirmation Hearings: 49,000 Words, Zero On Abortion-Drug Mandate”).
Burwell is Obama’s choice to succeed pro-abortion radical Kathleen Sebelius as head of the Obamacare-administering Department of Health and Human Services. Burwell, a longtime left-wing Democratic activist, served in the White House of strongly pro-abortion Bill Clinton.
In fact, editor Jeffrey reported, Coburn declared he supported her nomination — as did “moderate” GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona. McCain had praised her nomination from the first. Meanwhile, socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont felt perfectly free to push for Burwell to help with a single-payer government medical program for his state, Jeffrey reported.
“In two Senate committees, not one senator had the moral courage to ask her where she gets the moral right to impose this kind of tyranny on the American people,” Jeffrey wrote, referring to the anti-conscience mandate for abortion drugs.
Kansas Sen. Roberts’ office told The Wanderer on May 27 that Roberts did question Burwell about the lack of transparency regarding abortion coverage provided through health plans on the exchange, and also voted against Burwell in the Senate Finance Committee hearing.
During questioning, Roberts told Burwell: “When Secretary Sebelius testified during a subcommittee hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee last October, she promised to provide Congress with a list of federal insurers on the exchange that do and do not include abortion coverage in their plans. To date, Congress has not received that information. If you were confirmed as the next HHS secretary, would you be willing to provide Congress with that information?”
Burwell dodged: “As [Office of Management and Budget] director, I was not directly engaged on this topic. I understand that [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] is committed to ensuring that provides the key information consumers need to make an informed selection from among the [Qualified Health Plans] available to them.
“Additionally,” Burwell continued, “each plan in the Marketplace must include a summary of benefits and coverage and a link to the plan brochure, where consumers can learn more about which services are covered. If confirmed, I will continue the work of the CMS to assure that consumers have access to information regarding the coverage they are purchasing in the Marketplaces.”
Oklahoma Sen. Coburn’s office told The Wanderer on May 27: “Dr. Coburn is not on the [Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions] or Finance Committees, so he did not question Ms. Burwell. Dr. Coburn only introduced her at the Finance Committee hearing. However, he will continue to press for religious freedom with regard to the contraception mandate.”
The office of Coburn, who also is a medical doctor, didn’t address the fact that Coburn publicly announced his support for Burwell without saying he sought any stand by her against the mandate.
Jeffrey wrote: “Unless Burwell rescinds Sebelius’ regulation — which she will not — she will become the enforcer of the single-greatest attack on freedom of conscience in the history of the United States.”
Rob Haney, immediate past chairman of the Republican Party in Phoenix’s Maricopa County, lamented to The Wanderer that GOP betrayals have become all too familiar.
“I have heard so many like stories of Republicans not objecting to these appointments that they all seem to merge into the same continual story,” with “nary a word against McCain for destroying the party and country,” Haney said.

Share Button

2019 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Twitter Feed

Pro-Life Group Calls for Removing Fauci After He's Caught Funding Aborted Baby Parts - - The Pro-Life News Source


Load More...

Federal judge rules in favor of Gov. DeSantis’ mask mandate ban

MIAMI (LifeSiteNews) – A federal judge this week handed Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis another legal victory on his mask mandate ban for schools. On Wednesday, Judge K. Michael Moore of the Southern District of Florida denied a petition from…Continue Reading

The Eucharist should not be received unworthily, says Nigerian cardinal

Priests have a duty to remind Catholics not to receive the Eucharist in a state of serious sin and to make confession easily available, a Nigerian cardinal said at the International Eucharistic Congress on Thursday. “It is still the doctrine…Continue Reading

Donald Trump takes a swipe at Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him

Donald Trump complained about Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him in 2020. The former president made the comments in a conference call featuring religious leaders. The move could be seen to shore up his religious conservative base…Continue Reading

Y Gov. Kathy Hochul Admits Andrew Cuomo Covered Up COVID Deaths, 12,000 More Died Than Reported

When it comes to protecting people from COVID, Andrew Cuomo is already the worst governor in America. New York has the second highest death rate per capita, in part because he signed an executive order putting COVID patients in nursing…Continue Reading

Prayers For Cardinal Burke . . . U.S. Cardinal Burke says he has tested positive for COVID-19

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said he has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. In an Aug. 10 tweet, he wrote: “Praised be Jesus Christ! I wish to inform you that I have recently…Continue Reading

Democrats Block Amendment Banning Late-Term Abortions, Stopping Abortions Up to Birth

Senate Democrats have blocked an amendment that would ban abortions on babies older than 20 weeks. During consideration of the multi-trillion spending package, pro-life Louisiana Senator John Kennedy filed an amendment to ban late-term abortions, but Democrats steadfastly support killing…Continue Reading

Transgender student wins as U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs bathroom appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to a transgender former public high school student who waged a six-year legal battle against a Virginia county school board that had barred him from using the bathroom corresponding…Continue Reading

New York priest accused by security guard of assault confirms charges have now been dropped

NEW YORK, June 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A New York priest has made his first public statement regarding the dismissal of charges against him.  Today Father George W. Rutler reached out to LifeSiteNews and other media today with the following…Continue Reading

21,000 sign petition protesting US Catholic bishops vote on Biden, abortion

More than 21,000 people have signed a letter calling for U.S. Catholic bishops to cancel a planned vote on whether President Biden should receive communion.  Biden, a Catholic, supports abortion rights and has long come under attack from some Catholics over that…Continue Reading

Bishop Gorman seeks candidates to fill two full time AP level teaching positions for the 2021-2022 school year in the subject areas of Calculus/Statistics and Physics

Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Regional Catholic School is a college preparatory school located in Tyler, Texas. It is an educational ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler led by Bishop Joseph Strickland. The sixth through twelfth grade school provides a…Continue Reading

Vatican observes ‘Earth Hour’

On Saturday, along with the Vatican, symbolic monuments of cities all across the globe turn off their lights, to demonstrate the serious global climate crisis. By Vatican News staff writer Vatican City State took part in the traditional international initiative Earth…Continue Reading

House passes bill setting up path to citizenship for millions of Dreamers

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Thursday passed an immigration bill that would create a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children.

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.

  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1


Adopt A Center

Today . . .

Abortion On Demand Act . . . House Set to Vote Friday on Massive Abortion Bill

CV NEWS FEED // Democrats in the House of Representatives will vote Friday to pass legislation that would enshrine the “right” to abortion in federal law. The “Women’s Health Protection Act,” which Republican opponents have dubbed the “Abortion On Demand Act,” would preemptively destroy all future state-level legislation to protect the unborn.  If the bill passes the House, it is not expected to pass the Senate, where it would need a 60-vote supermajority to overcome…Continue Reading

Federal judge rejects Biden admin’s demand to block Texas abortion ban before hearing

A federal judge has blocked Joe Biden’s emergency request to stop the Texas abortion ban, which has saved anywhere between 1,500 and 2,000 babies from abortion. The Texas heartbeat law went into effect Sept. 1, prohibiting abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Unique from other state heartbeat laws, the Texas law includes a private enforcement mechanism that allows people to file lawsuits against abortionists who violate the law…Continue Reading

Archbishops criticize ‘outrageous’ claims against St Junipero Serra

A California bill to replace a statue of St. Junipero Serra at the state capitol unfairly slanders the saint’s legacy, two archbishops claimed in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Sunday, Sept. 12.  Last month, California lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to pass Assembly Bill 338, which would replace the statue of St. Junipero Serra at the state capitol with one honoring local Indigenous populations. The bill text claims that 

Catholic health ministry head decries ‘unjust’ federal vaccine mandate

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for many private employers, drawing criticism from the head of one Catholic health care ministry. “Coercing individuals into making a medical intervention is unjust,” said Louis Brown, executive director of the Christ Medicus Foundation and former acting deputy director of the Civil Rights Division of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, in an interview with CNA on Thursday. “And a vaccine mandate that could…Continue Reading

Archbishop Cordileone raises issue of excommunication for abortion advocates

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 5, 2021 / 18:07 pm Calling abortion “the most pressing human rights challenge of our time,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone on Sunday invoked the excommunication of prominent Catholic segregationists in the early 1960s as an example of a legitimate response to Catholics politicians who support “a great moral evil.” In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, the leader of the Archdiocese of San Francisco pushed back against recent statements by Catholic politicians…Continue Reading

New FDA Records Show . . . Purchases Of Fetal Organs, Heads And Tissue for ‘Humanized Mice’ Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Judicial Watch announced September 14, that it received 198 pages of records and communications from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involving “humanized mice” research with human fetal heads, organs and tissue, including communications and contracts with human fetal tissue provider Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR). Most of the records are communications…Continue Reading

The Enduring Path To Financial Health: Graduate, Work, Marry And Have Children

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The basic path to financial success in this country has been revealed once again by the Census Bureau’s annual report on income and poverty, which was released this week. What did it show?People who graduate from college, get a job, get married and have children generally earn more money than those…Continue Reading

Our Vindictive Culture

By REY FLORES We have all known political correctness as a way of life for years now. It seems that everyone gets offended by one thing or another, but as we spiral out of control into the unknown future, it’s no longer about pointing out political incorrectness — today it’s about punishing the accused in…Continue Reading

If Dems Trample U.S. Into The Dust … They’ll Have Cleared The Ground To Build New Dictatorship

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX – Like many other people who don’t determine the priorities for coverage by dominant left-wing media, conservative pundit Bill Bennett was puzzled at irrational behavior in Joe Biden’s proclaimed steely fight against the COVID virus.Commenting that 40,000 people a week come up to the southern border, Bennett said, “If this is…Continue Reading

A Philadelphia Lawyer In The Garden Of Eden

By DONALD DeMARCO There was no moment in the annals of biblical history, if we are to give full rein to our imagination, when the presence of a lawyer was more urgently needed than immediately after Adam and Eve ingested the forbidden fruit. His absence was most keenly felt, for he was not there to…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

“Abortion is Murder”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Be a pastor, don’t go condemning.” was the Pope’s answer to a question from a reporter on the return flight from his recent apostolic journey to Slovakia and Hungary. The context was a question posed: “What must the pastor do?” in reference to pro-abortion politicians. On the subject of abortion, the Pope repeated the Church…Continue Reading

The Exorcistic Effect… Of The Word Of God

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this commentary on September 8 and it is reprinted here with permission. His blog is found at + + Many often think of exorcism only in relation to driving out demons from possessed people using ancient prayers. But, truth be told, we all have afflictions, oppressions, temptations, and other…Continue Reading

Love God With Your Whole Heart

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Numb. 11:25-29James 5:1-6Mark 9:38-43; 45, 47-48 In the Gospel reading today our Lord tells us that if our hand or foot causes us to sin, cut it off; if our eye causes us to sin, pluck it out. Obviously, our hand, foot, or eye cannot be the cause…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: If the following lessons, which were prepared for Confirmation students, are of value to you, put them to whatever use you can. We will continue to welcome your questions for the column as well, so please send them along, either to the postal mailing address or the email address below, and we will interrupt this series to answer…Continue Reading

The Beating Heart Of Texas

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK When it comes to legalized baby killing, also known as abortion, untold numbers of Catholics are languishing spiritually under what I’ll call the “Biden delusion.” Some of them would begin to explain it by stating, “I’m personally opposed, but….”For a few years now Biden has survived politically as a Democrat, while claiming to be Catholic,…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Nicholas Owen

By DEB PIROCH First you see him…and then you don’t. Dangerous times call for dangerous measures. During the reign of Elizabeth I and James I of England, St. Nicholas Owen was the expert at creating what became known as “priests’ holes,” or secret hiding spots for clergy. Located in the homes of wealthy recusant Catholics, these were hidden compartments or…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Mariam Of Jesus Crucified

By DEB PIROCH Her parents had tried so hard to have a child. Again and again they had a little boy, one after the other dying in infancy. After losing 12 boys, Mariam’s mother said to her father: Let’s go to the Holy Grotto in Jerusalem and pray to the Blessed Virgin to intercede for a girl.Mariam’s parents were Greek…Continue Reading