Thursday, 15 January 2009

"We don't do God!"

When Prime Minister Tony Blair was asked a question about belief, Alistair Campbell memorably clarified "We don't do God!". Yet, on leaving office, Tony was confirmed as a Catholic.
Is it disingenuous for politicians to hide their beliefs or is it sensible that they separate politics from religion? Should they always give full and honest answers to questions? We should demand their honesty!
Interactive Democracy involves everyone, both faithful and faithless. It also potentially removes the need for the House of Lords and, therefore, the Lord Bishops, so it changes the balance of power that religions have over British politics. But it seems likely to me that the politicians of the future would continue to fudge the God question, in the interests of building votes... er, I mean consensus.

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