- Conscience and the Commons
Following his election as Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron was grilled by the media about his beliefs as an evangelical Christian. Has the focus on faith, which began with Tony Blair, reached the point where it is harder than ever to hold religious beliefs and play an active role in political life?
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I am afraid that my teeth are too few and my flesh too old and tough for me to attempt to bite my arm off; Clifford Longley (The Tablet, 31 May), is clearly more of the spring chicken than I had thought. I am not sure that such hyperbole is helpful, however. The truth is that voting is a very crude way of exercising any preference. None of the mainstream parties has expressed any concern about the huge democratic deficit under which we have been living for years. I had thought Mr Longley’s preference for Catholic social doctrine would have made him want to see decisions made nationally or even locally rather than by unelected Eurocrats. Subsidiarity should be a doctrine dear to his heart. Apparently not.
I voted for Ukip because I want to see decisions made appropriately in Britain and, where possible, locally to me in Norfolk. I have few means of protesting against the fact that Westminster long ago emasculated local government; but here was a chance to shout at those who have shown how rarely they listen. For I fear that much more serious self-harm will be done to us all in long term by those who do not rage against the bureaucratic project which is the EU. It is not a matter of what decisions they make: almost everything in my life has nothing whatever to do with them. I wish Mr Longley would bite his lip instead.
Canon Roger Arguile, Wells next the Sea, Norfolk