Agreed problem, but no diagnosis nor solution

12 July 2011

There is a growing consensus that Britain’s institutions are not fit for purpose, but there is no diagnosis, so how we will find a solution?

As the list of institutional failure and corruption grows, it is becoming more evident to commentators that there is a fundamental malaise in British society.

During the Newsnight Scotland debate tonight about News International’s bid for BSkyB, the failure of politicians, the media and the police, the presenter Gordon Brewer said: “There is a crisis of the institutions in Britain”.  Although there was general agreement, there was no diagnosis nor solution proposed.

The Scottish Christian Party has highlighted the misplaced trust of a religiously illiterate society at the root of the problem.  Trust in Jesus Christ is central to Christianity, and trust is central to human relationships and the good of society.  Nick Robinson, the BBC political correspondent, has written of this third crisis of trust in recent times, first the banks, then MPs’ expenses and now the media, but the list is very much longer.

It reminds us of the institutional corruption which led to the 16th century Protestant Reformation.  Then the alliance between Roman Catholicism and secular power had bred corruption and popular revulsion; now the alliance between secular humanism and secular power has corrupted our institutions with similar public dismay.  There is no sense of accountability to God and endemic corruption grows.  The solution in the 16th century was a Christian Reformation to reform the Church and civil institutions by preaching the proper role of faith and trust, which promoted enterprise and took us out of the Dark Ages - and we need the same in 21st century Britain.