I am waiting for Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg to answer questions at Birmingham University for BBC1. The Governor of the Bank of England has just warned that such draconian spending cuts will be implemented by who ever wins the Election it will lead to a generation (20yrs) when they will not be elected again. I am such a sceptic now that I even think that this statement of opinion is a spin designed to favour one of the 3 major parties but am too dim to work out which one.
The only thing that really interests me is the integrity, and personally held views for a free vote , of the candidates who will be standing in our now By-election on 27th May.
Having said that ,I make one comment on the three prospective PMs, that the recently unknown leader of the Liberal Democrats made a good job of answering the Faith question that came right out of the blue, yesterday in his interview with Eddie Mair . (hear it on BBC iplayer-17mins into the programme).I quote from the St Aidan to Abbey Manor, blog of Rev David Keen,
"Why don't you believe?" a question right out of the blue, and Clegg is first taken aback, and his eventual response is unusually revealing. He talks about spirituality as something 'which makes us human', that religion isn't something he's closed off to, and it sounds like several members of his family are committed Christians.
We already know that the Labour child of the manse and the Conservative leader are Church goers. Going to the Zoo does not make you an animal any more than going to church makes you a Christian. I am not nailing any colours to a mast here. I believe that just as I have, as a women ,had a vote since I was 21 unlike my grandmother , it is a secret ballot.
I hope that people of Filey , Malton and Thirsk and all villages, hamlets and fields in between are making lists of the questions they are going to e mail to our candidates . Perhaps you could send some as comments here, and we can see if we get a response.
We could start by asking them
- Do you want a return to the Death Penalty ?
- What are your views on Abortion on demand?
- Do you think voluntary Euthanasia should be legalized?
- Should Cocaine Addicts be allowed the drug on the NHS to prevent drug related Crimes against Property ?
I am just reeling these off, to get you thinking. The manifestos of all the parties proffering candidates on 27th May will be open to intense scrutiny with the benefit of the hindsight of the Election result on May 6th.
This post is punctuated by 4 roads leading to Filey. I will do the parable of the Blackthorn another time.