Lying, governing and colluding

‘If you are suggesting every MP who has never quite told the truth or even told a brazen lie [should quit Parliament], including cabinet ministers, including prime ministers, we would clear out the House of Commons very fast’, said Sir Malcolm Bruce, former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Bruce was defending the action of Alistair Carmichael, who before the General Election had authorised his special adviser to leak a memo about a private conversation in which Nicola Sturgeon, Leader of the Scottish National Party, was supposed to have said she would prefer David Cameron to remain as Prime Minister.

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What does mercy look like?

Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston bomber, gets the death penalty.

According to eye witness accounts of his trial, he expresses no remorse, anymore than he did after the crime itself. He smelt the blood and heard the screams but casually went off to purchase a bottle of milk at a nearby shop and then tweeted “there is no love in this country”.

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The Church of England, the Labour Party and the ghost of Ivan Illich

At the moment the Labour Party is sounding very much like the Church of England. Failure, disappointment. What have we been doing wrong? How can we turn the tables and grow again? Leading figures say Miliband was too left wing or not left wing enough: in other words, he isn’t a clone of whoever is speaking.

The Church of England’s leadership has been saying this kind of thing pretty consistently for fifty years. In order to stop the decline in the numbers of churchgoers we need to accept the changing moral standards without being judgemental, or uphold Christian principles against this degenerate age. We need more of the old hymns, or more of the new ones. We need to stop all this change for change’s sake, or give up those boring old services.

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After the storm

The polls were wrong. In the end the system wins.

David Cameron just manages a return to Number 10, but it is going to feel like an uncomfortable victory. There is too much movement beneath the surface for his party to feel that they will be navigating untroubled waters, even in the immediate future.  Current figures, compiled using the d’Hondt method for vote counting (as used by the EU for electing its MEP’s) would indicate that out of a total of 650 seats, 410 would have been held by Labour and all the Others who did not vote Conservative. These Others are still out there. Their voices need to be heard and their political will respected because it is they, and not the Labour party as a sole opposition feature, who will bring a much needed sense of equilibrium to British politics in the coming parliament.

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Sick as a parrot?

Perhaps that is how many readers of this blog will feel after the dramatic and unexpected Election outcome.

I may be wrong, but I guess most Modern Church members and sympathisers would describe themselves as left of centre in one form or another, and were hoping for a left-leaning coalition or minority government. One which might tackle the failures of community which governments of different colours have presided over in recent decades, identified in the Bishops’ document Who is my Neighbour? Whereas what we have got appears likely to be more of the same, and with some major constitutional problems thrown in.

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