23 May 2009

Since when were Archbishops experts on democracy?

Given some of his bizarre statements in the not too distant past (e.g. on Sharia Law), it doesn't really surprise me that the Archbishop of Canterbury now seems to think it part of his remit to pontificate about the potential damage that might be done to our democracy by the MPs' expenses revelations.

Given the mysterious (and completely undemocratic) way in which bishops and other senior clergy are appointed, Dr Williams has quite a nerve if he thinks that anyone should take his views on democracy seriously - at least until he shows some sign of putting his own house in order first.

1 comment:

Wrinkled Weasel said...

He is part of the Establishment, Max. You wouldn't expect anything other.

The A of C says:

"The continuing systematic humiliation of politicians itself threatens to carry a heavy price in terms of our ability to salvage some confidence in our democracy"

And what about us? Are not we systematically humiliated? The Establishment loves to tell us that we are "intelligent" and "capable of making our minds up" in that condescending way they have when talking about civilians.
It is humiliating to know that we have more than half our incomes taken by these crooks and incompetents, and there is little we can do about it.

As for "confidence in democracy", I had very little to start with. The events of recent weeks have not dissuaded me from this position.