One of the key differences between the left and the right is that the right believes in individual liberty. This fundamental point means right wingers believe morality is a matter for the individual not for the state.
The conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has seen his profile rise dramatically after a string of strong media performances, prompting the creation of Moggmentum. A grassroots campaign by conservative activists, to have him elected as party leader. More attention is now being made to the Moggster. Last week Mogg went onto Good Morning Britain and candidly expressed his opinion on gay marriage and abortion. Cue expected outrage and virtue signalling from almost the entire political spectrum.
While I disagree with Jacob Rees-Mogg’s comments, they represent his own personal opinion. An opinion he will not force upon us. This is the key point which everyone seems to have missed. I wrote, a few months ago, an article in defence of Tim Farron when he was hounded out of his job, for his Christian values. The same argument applies here.
Those who promote intolerance around religion would do well to study their English history. The split from the papacy by Henry VIII in the 1500’s sparked centuries of sectarian division between protestants and catholic’s. Indeed, James VII (the last catholic king of England) attempt to create religious liberty were a key contributing factor to his deposition from the throne during the glorious revolution of 1688. To this day a catholic cannot succeed to the throne. History should tell us that the nation prospers when we practice tolerance and individual liberty.
Mogg’s socially conservatism mean he will never get my vote to lead the party but this is not to say that he is not entitled to hold them, nor that they make him evil. What kind of society have we become where the merest mention of disagreement causes significant numbers of us to lose our minds? We must conform only to opinions the majority in society deem to be acceptable. The PC brigade truly have become the stuff out George Orwell’s nightmares. I wonder what the punishment for thought crimes is going to be once Diane Abbott become home secretary. I imagine it will be some variant of the favourite socialist death by starvation.
Surely we understand that morality is a matter for the individual not the state. Is protecting this right not the very meaning of liberty. We must guard against the notion that freedom and liberty are only for those without religious values. The some are more equal than others attitude. We certainly should not be accusing people of being “dead beat father” as Harriet Harman did the other day because they do not prescribe to our ideology. Mogg’s responsibility as a father is to his wife his children and his wider family, they alone get to judge if he is a good father or not.
(Photo: Catholic Church of England & Wales)