It’s my Opinion

HAVING been brought up believing that religion and politics should never mix, I have taken an inordinate amount of time to shrug off this old fashioned upbringing but now that I have seen the light, so to speak.

I am full of praise for the Rt Rev Dr Robert Gillies, who dared to accuse Scottish Gas of robbing the poor to give to the rich after it posted huge profits just months after increasing bills.

The Rt Rev was of course right to make a stand, representing the more needy of our communities.

The churches should have a say in social affairs, though I fear that over the centuries they have had more of leaning towards the law makers, and the system in general.

I am equally fearful that the good Dr Gillies is a lone voice trying to address the wrongs that are accumulating in our hopelessly unbalanced society.

The once powerful voice of the collective denominations has been stilled, victim of its own failure to speak on behalf of the very people who it purported to represent, namely the poor, though our current Government would tell us no such group exists in the United Kingdom. They are wrong,

So what went wrong in a nation that once stood for intergrity?

Did Dr Gillies call it right, or was he as wide of the mark as suggested by Centrica chief executive Sam Laidlaw, who insisted the company make “fair and reasonable returns so that we can continue to make our contribution to society and to invest.”

Sorry Sam, that is in my opinion a load of guff, you and others of your ilk are merely confirming what the Rt Rev said about robbing the poor to keep the rich living the lifestyles they take for granted.

In the meantime the poor, yes let’s continue to use that word, will lurch from bad to worse, wondering how on earth such a large financial institution like RBS ever managed to run up £5 Bn of losses and not get hauled over the coals.

Had one of my chums run up a debt of a few thousand pounds with the same bank, he would have been brought to heel, and made to pay for the rest of his life.

That is the reality of what the representative of the Scottish Episcopalian Church was saying last week, but will we hear more of it? A brave effort, but a one off? Time alone will tell, though I am not holding my breath.

Interestingly at a time when interest in the fate of the collective church is pretty well a thing of the past, there has been great interest of the decision of Pope Benedict to call time.

The BBC were in particular keen to keep us abreast of the shock resignation - but then it was a useful distraction from its own inability to face up to its own appalling mismanagement issues.

A civilized, forward thinking country? I think not.