To neglect my parents in old age is not an act of injustice but an act of impiety. Impiety is the refusal to recognise as legitimate a demand that does not arise from consent or choice. And we see that the behaviour of children towards their parents cannot be understood unless we admit this ability to recognise a bond that is ‘transcendent’, that exists, as it were, ‘objectively’, outside the sphere of individual choice.
Roger Scruton, ‘Authority and Allegiance’, The Meaning of Conservatism (2nd edition, 1984)
… or so goes the headline on the BBC news report of the Archbishop’s first Easter sermon.
As well as fear a false view of people leads to hero leaders, who always fail. Put not your trust in new leaders, better systems, new organisations or regulatory reorganisation. They may well be good and necessary, but will to some degree fail. Human sin means pinning hopes on individuals is always a mistake, and assuming that any organisation is able to have such good systems that human failure will be eliminated is naïve.
I wonder if he has been reading an advanced copy of this?
There is a dispute about opposition to a proposed airport to be built in the Thames estuary. A local council has earmarked £35,000 as a “fighting fund”. Most people in Medway, possibly, are opposed to the building of the airport, but some people have called for a referendum to test the extent of the opposition, and to see whether £35,000 would be spent according to local will. The Deputy Leader of Medway Council (Conservative led), Alan Jarrett, doesn’t see the point of a referendum. First of all, it would cost too much (he says): anything up to £250,000. Second of all, and most impressively:
The assumption which we are correctly making is the vast majority of people are in favour of what we are doing.
Read that again… ”The assumption which we are correctly making is the vast majority of people are in favour of what we are doing.”
I am really, really impressed, that the satire of Bertolt Brecht is alive and well and living in Tory-run Medway Council
Did I mention it’s being published on 11 April?
It seemed so easy
to tell people the good news—
sharp stones were simpler.
Judgement throne, footstool,
Promise kept, heavens renewed—
from the helpless hay.