Where is fairness and common sense?

16 June 2011

The Lib Dems trumpeted fairness in their recent election campaigns, and the Conservatives trailled common sense in the Scottish election.  It is apparent that neither fairness nor common sense is much in evidence.

We have governments who cannot run countries (Syria, Greece, Italy), bankers who cannot run banks, schools which cannot educate pupils, parents who cannot rear children, and the list goes on - jurors who cannot keep to the rules, courts and politicians at loggerheads with each other, whether it is David Cameron complaining about Europe or about super-injunctions, or Alex Salmond complaining about the UK Supreme Court’s usurping Scottish courts.  Public expressions of dissatisfaction with legal systems, the conflict of legal jurisdictions and the private expressions of contempt of court by naming details of super-injunctions in the House of Commons or jurors contacting defendants, all add up to a lawless society without public nor private conscience.

The confusion is manifest for all to see, but the solution is not.  The old mantras of education, housing, jobs and government hand-outs are wearing thin and it is evident that we just don’t have fairness and common sense in much evidence.  The problem is people - the wrong people in the wrong place, and people who have little conscience because they think that they can
get off with their incompetent behaviour.  This is where a Christian Voice in public life can contribute to the public debate, but not enough people want to hear it.  Politicians think that they can manage without this, but as they fail to achieve their aims, the danger is that a right-wing backlash will replace the moral laissez-faire.  The Tory Government top-down cut-up of Britain is but one manifestation of it, but as the economic squeeze begins to pinch jobs and earnings, we will see more unrest and official reaction.  Is there enough Christian grace in public life to see our society through these difficult times?

Alex Salmond is at least one politician who is prepared to break ranks as he complains that the UK Supreme Court’s role in criminal cases north of the border is undermining the independence of the Scots legal system and affecting the integrity of the criminal law of Scotland.  It would be good if he would show the same passion about the Christian Constitution of Scotland.

The public may chose not to vote for Christian politicians, and political parties may chose to ignore Christian issues, but as Christian goodwill disappears from public life we wonder what will replace it.  The endemic corruption in public life augurs ill for the future.  Who is addressing the issue?