If you haven’t worked it out already by now, I am no fan of the Conservative party nor of David Cameron’s government. The way that the poorest people in society are being demonised in readiness for being cast out onto the street and starved to death turns my stomach. The “swarm” of migrants buzzing wildly across the Med have been dehumanised and vilified to such an extent that it took the picture of a dead child to crack the stone hearts of Europe.
Last week, it was alleged that our esteemed PM had done something with his penis and a pig’s head that he probably should not have done. This prompted an online petition calling for him to leave office.
Of course it did. These things always do.
The problem I have with this is that putting your pecker in a pig is really not particularly newsworthy. What one rich bloke gets up to with his rich friends should probably not be surprising to anyone (particularly given the reputation that tory MPs and members gained in the 80’s and 90’s) and whether or not Cameron’s member got all porky at some point in the ’80’s is probably irrelevant to how badly he is running the country just now.
If you are going to use the prime minister’s penis as a reason to throw him out of office, I think you should concentrate on whom he is pissing on rather than on which items of butchery it has been visiting. Frankly, it scares me how people can see genuine human suffering and brush it aside as what happens in politics and yet call for his head if he’s been getting intimate with an animal’s head. Our priorities, as a nation, seem back-to-front.
On the subject of over-privileged men performing rituals, I turn my gaze to the Catholic bishops of England and Wales. Nearly two years ago, they published a questionnaire on Surveymonkey and asked people to fill it in. The questions were badly worded and over-complicated but it was a start. Many people filled it in and waited with bated breath for the results. Bishops being bishops, of course, never even thanked us for taking the time to contribute. No results were released, in spite of many calls for them to do so.
The Extraordinary Synod on marriage and family life took place in October 2014 and the bishops talked back and forth for a couple of weeks, producing something of an astonishing mid-point report only to return to form and release a final report with all the good bits removed.
This year, the bishops released another consultation document, which I liked even less than the previous year’s one. This year, we got several pages of text telling us exactly what we should believe about marriage and family prior to not really asking us six questions that seemed to be worded quite carefully to produce favourable responses in a few areas and to ignore many other areas that really needed some good honest discussion.
I was astonished, yesterday, to read that the bishops of England and Wales have not only decided to publish a summary of the results from this second consultation, but that what they have published contains many scathing reports about them from the people of the church. They report receiving criticism about their treatment of women, of re-married divorcees and of gay couples. Intersex and transgender people remain completely invisible, of course, but it’s a start.
On the subject of bishops, the bishop of Rome has been in the US this week. He addressed a joint session of Congress to tell them that they have blood on their hands:
Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.
I’m not sure I agree with this article that this counts as gently scolding. To stand in the US congress and tell them that they are selling their souls for blood-drenched cash is an astonishing thing for someone to do and I hope those congressmen and women are thinking seriously about what he had to say to them.
They’re politicians, though, so I doubt it somehow. Human suffering seems to be one thing that any politician can ignore.