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Rocket science

on November 28, 2012

Poor David Cameron. Boxed in by the media barons on one side and the voting public on the other side, seemingly he’s going to find it hard to decide what to do about the Leveson Report.

So that’s how Prime Ministers make decisions: choosing which party he wants to offend the least. Now we know. It’s a kind of upside down version of pleasing people. Having your strings pulled.

Tough job. No wonder he gets paid so much. I’ve also noticed how Prime Ministers seem to age faster than the rest of us during their term of office. Receding hair and all that. It’s the non-stop jumping about.

I wonder what happened to integrity? To moral principles? To… dare I mention such an old-fashioned, simplistic, non-PC concept as… right and wrong?

I suppose we don’t have right and wrong in a PC world. Simply the expedient, or the least offensive. And here we come back to David Cameron trying to weigh up the effects on him, his party, his career future of offending the folk who control the media – and how he is reported now and in the run-up to the next election – or on the other hand the folk who might actually vote for him.

In the latest round of national elections (for those new political animals, the Police and Crime Commissioners), hardly anybody bothered to vote. And that didn’t seem to make the slightest bit of difference. PCCs were voted into £70,000 jobs with power over budgets and hiring and firing of our senior police officers on a share of a c.12% vote.

So maybe what the people think doesn’t matter any more. Evidence of this is the use of the term ‘plebs’ by a senior politician – which doesn’t sound to me either affectionate or respectful to the folk who were paying his salary.

Still, it’s nothing new. Check out your Bible and you’ll discover it’s been going on as long as there have been governments to (mis)rule.

So right and wrong may be forgotten. Spin and PR and weasel words may attempt to pull the wool over our eyes. But God isn’t fooled. And He demands right and not wrong. Justice. Clean hands. Integrity. Moral principles.

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

Seems so far from politics and business and what we read in our newspapers, it might as well be… rocket science.




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