The National Flock is becoming restive

They will hear only the Voice of the Good Shepherd

Mr MA Clark


The National Flock is becoming restive –

They will hear only the Voice of the Good Shepherd


Ever since the European Project began to inundate the affairs of United Kingdom over 40 years ago, there has been a sense that something was not right about the “ever closer union” of sovereign nations being implemented. That the people were deceived about the political nature of the union has now become very clear to even the most innocent among our national flock. The sheep have now been herded into the very restricted and over-crowded legal fold, or pen, that the European Union has become and they do not like it one little bit.


The national flock is becoming very restive indeed and there is a rising bleating which has the shepherds of the flock in government in an increasing quandary and dilemma as to what to do. It is in the words of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, that we will find the answer to the present dilemma which is putting the entire nation state in very considerable peril. The sheep of the national flock will hear only the words of the Shepherd of Israel.


Jesus said of His “other sheep . . . not of this fold” that He was speaking to, “I know my sheep, and am known of mine . . . My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me and they hear my voice . . . neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:15, 27-28). We should note that when Jesus spoke these words, the Church was not in existence. The “other sheep” are His national Israel sheep of the fold that were in the Appointed Isles and which He knew from His visits with his great uncle, Joseph of Arimathea.


It is unbelievable that it has taken so long to reach the point where we are now in respect of European laws and particularly those of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The voices coming from Europe are alien to the national flock and are becoming intolerable. Over-mighty European judges are undermining the power of the Westminster Parliament to make laws.


Lord Judge, the former Chief Justice of England and Wales until last September, has warned that the ECHR is undermining Parliament’s sovereignty and must “stop here.” Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme at the end of December 2013, he said that “activism” by European judges is creating a “very serious problem” and that Parliament should have “ultimate sovereignty.” The ECHR in its present form, he said, is “not answerable to anyone” and raised concern that “any judges” – however distinguished – “should have that sort of power.”


One official at the ECHR, who did not want to be named, told the BBC that he was concerned that some European judges are little more than “activists” and are unqualified for the role. He said: “You’re hearing what the senior British judiciary and many Conservative MPs have been complaining about for some time. We know that around half the Strasbourg judges had no judicial experience before going to the court, which means it’s no surprise they go off on judicial frolics of their own.”


Turning to the Scottish Referendum to be held on 18 September 2014, there is a strange ‘dereliction of duty’ apparent at Westminster. There are many in the rest of the United Kingdom who are very worried about the future defence of the realm if the Scots leave the union. The ‘dereliction of duty’ which the Westminster Government has shown in its failure to raise the issue of the Scottish Government’s proposals to the top of our present Parliament's agenda is of the utmost concern to many millions of the Electorate.


Professor Thwaites in a letter to The Times, London, 8 January 2014, wrote: “As far as I am aware, however, our Government has given no notice of its intentions in the matter. No parliamentary time has been allocated for the lengthy debate which the matter deserves. No White Paper has been signalled as a complement to the Scottish Government’s. No information for the citizens of the UK has been published as to the implications for their future citizenship or for their future lives more generally.”


The people of the United Kingdom have been made ‘citizens’ of the EU against their will, yet now are in danger of not being ‘citizens’ of the UK also against their will. What is to be the majority in the Referendum? Could this great issue be decided by just a few votes, with no account of turnout, abstentions or spoilt ballot papers?


What about the defence of the realm? A Russian warship had to be challenged off Scotland’s waters at Christmas by the Royal Navy. In 1708 Queen Anne, on the advice of her ministers, withheld Royal Assent of the Scottish Militia Bill for fear that the proposed militia created would be disloyal. There was also concern that France could pose a threat to the realm through the militia.


Truly, the full implications of this constitutional issue should be brought into the open by Parliament at Westminster, lest the union of our kingdoms is overthrown by a minority vote. The national flock is in great distress and our shepherds are required to lead the flock in safety, not to neglect the sheep or drive them into the mouths of devouring wolves.


Thankfully, we have His sure promise – “neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” His sovereignty over the national flock is to be restored and that right early. Praise be unto the Living God.


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