While I was on welcomer duty at Berwick’s The Guard, I read a booklet entitled ‘Berwick’s Most Scandalous Elections’.  The trouble in those days was that candidates bribed electors.

There is more in the Bible about justice than almost any other subject. Moses built a just society based on The Ten Commandments. These influenced people who built up the British constitution. Jesus calls us to pray daily ‘Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven’. British democracy is based upon laws that require politicians, institutions, businesses and all kinds of citizens to be honest and accountable. Governments, banking systems and public services implode if they are not based upon honesty, care and accountability.

The seven Nolan principles of good governance have been adopted by every Commonwealth country, including the United Kingdom. They are Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership. Once these principles go, corruption  becomes endemic and no one can be relied upon.  Lies, broken promises and selfishness rule. Society collapses.

Yet now our Prime Minister seeks to remove these from our statute book. Two of his ethics advisers have resigned. It is our duty to vote out corrupt people and to stand for these values. 

Suppose everyone in Berwick and surrounding areas prayed daily ‘Your kingdom come here as it is in heaven’? We could watch out for a transformation.

Posted at 11:26am on 23rd June 2022
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