Jesus is very upset about the fate of Bury Football Club.
And in the Big News today from a Faith Perspective: the prorogation of parliament. What does Jesus have to say about the prorogation of parliament? Should parliament be prorogued without its consent? Is it right to do so using the ancient powers of a monarch? Should parliament always sit at a time of national crisis?
All this and more will be revealed once I’ve finished talking about something completely unrelated.
Suspending parliament “goes against everything those men who waded onto those beaches fought & died for – and I will not have it”.
Matt Hancock, health secretary
“The idea of leaving the EU to take back more control into parliament and to consider the idea of closing parliament to do that is the most extraordinary idea I’ve ever heard”.
Amber Rudd, work and pensions secretary
“You don’t deliver democracy by trashing democracy – you can’t just shut down parliament”.
Sajid Javid, chancellor of the exchequer
Suspending parliament was an “archaic manoeuvre”.
Liz Truss, international trade secretary
“I think it will be wrong for many reasons. I think it would not be true to the best traditions of British democracy”.
Michael Gove, chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
“You cannot say you are going to take back control … and then go: ‘Oh, by the way, we are just going to shut parliament down for a couple of months, so we are just going to drift out on a no deal’”
Nicky Morgan, culture secretary
“I don’t believe it would happen.”
Andrea Leadsom, business secretary
There’s nothing in the news today, so I’ll talk about mindfulness (again).