Staggeringly Revd Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Leeds, West Yorkshire, the Dales and any other bits that can’t afford their own bishop any more

The goings on in Westminster are very dramatic.
Shakespeare is very dramatic.
Shakespeare relied on the Big Book of Magic Stuff.
Mornington Crescent!

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2 thoughts on “Staggeringly Revd Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Leeds, West Yorkshire, the Dales and any other bits that can’t afford their own bishop any more

  1. In most drama the baddies get their just desserts. In the BBoMS the Israelites get theirs by reaching the land of promise (this is a subtle change of wording – not heard it used before). The Israelite’s enemies get plagues, floods and annihilation. In democratic politics we hope that you end up out on your backside.
    In politics, those who follow the herd unthinkingly, or who follow charismatic leaders who aren’t necessarily telling you the whole truth, should expect to see more drama than there needs to be.

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  2. The old Vision’n’Values double-act shuffles onto the stage again. Those of us who have had to wrestle with V’n’V statements in business, Government or school can be forgiven for regarding the whole thing with a jaundiced eye.

    But what an example of Vision’n’Values to choose! The Vision amounts to telling the Israelites that they can have a chunk of real estate to live on, no matter who happens to be living there already. The Values are a set of simple instructions to enable members of the tribe to get along. The rest of humanity is fair game: a couple of chapters later, the IMF is telling the Israelites to kill the Ammonites, Philistines, etc, take their wives and daughters for concubines, and nick all their livestock. It might be straight out of Putin’s playbook. (Good job none of it ever happened). But, with the whole of the BBoMS to cherry-pick from, is this unedifying tale the best that Bishop Baines could do?

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