Seven Social Evils
According to Canon Donaldson, preaching at Westminster Abbey, March 20 1925, there are 7 Social Evils:
- Politics without principle
- Wealth without work
- Pleasure without conscience
- Knowledge without character
- Commerce and Industry without morality
- Science without humanity
- Worship without sacrifice
Challenging list for me, never mind politicians. Then, blow me, a politician makes …
I think the right response in a democracy, to assertions made by experts, is to say ‘show us the evidence, show us the facts.’ And then, if experts or indeed anyone in the debate can make a strong case, draw on evidence and let us think again – then of course they deserve respect. Michael Gove
A great quote from a clever person. Sound bites being what they are, perhaps some of his other assertions are rather less expert.
His signpost is clear. Can he (does he intend to?) establish a key principle in politics. If Mr Gove can do that, I’d say his legacy is bright as can be. I’d only change the word ‘experts’ word to ‘politicians’ and now read:
I think the right response in a democracy, to assertions made by politicians, is to say ‘show us the evidence, show us the facts’. And then, if politicians or indeed anyone in the debate can make a strong case, draw on evidence and let us think again.
Thanks to Mr Gove for expressing a simple truth – tell it as it is. All politicians seek to persuade us of their expertise above all others. Surely there’s no hypocrisy involved.
Mrs May, BoJo, LiFo, colleagues, are you paying attention?
© Mac Logan