CHURCH AND STATE

 

                                      A liberal democracy, such as exists in England,

                                      Is effectively a compromise between church and state,

                                      The Conservatives aligned with the Protestant Church,

                                      Left-wing parties aligned with the socialist State,

                                      A kind of political tug-of-war ensuing

                                      Between the two which, however, is never resolved,

                                      There being no will on the Left for a state absolutism,

                                      All parties implicated in the atomic relativity

                                      Of a liberal democracy.

                                      The Labour Party may be anti-democratic in essence,

                                      But only within the relative context of liberalism,

                                      Not on any absolute basis.

                                      Conversely, the Liberal Democrats, while being

                                      In essence democratic, are more radically so

                                      Than their Liberal forerunners.

                                      Being democratic does of course imply

                                      One's favouring a mixed, and hence relative, economy,

                                      Whether in terms of a balance between

                                      The private and public sectors, as in Liberalism,

                                      Or in terms of an oscillation between the private

                                      And public sectors, as in Liberal Democracy,

                                      Whereas the 'anti-democratic' Labour Party

                                      Have traditionally favoured the public sector alone,

                                      And thus endeavoured to nationalize

                                      As much as possible whilst in office,

                                      In contrast to the privatizing Tories,

                                      With whom they were in bitter conflict.

                                      If capitalism and Protestantism slot together,

                                      Then so do socialism and communism,

                                      But the democratic socialists aren't nearly

                                      As communist as left-wing Marxists, who are

                                      Outside the pale of the liberal compromise -

                                      Upholders of a state absolutism.