The gap in rhetoric

The Church of England - - ENGLAND ON SUNDAY -

This government faces a cred­i­bil­ity cri­sis in a num­ber of ar­eas but most im­por­tantly the gap be­tween rhetoric and re­al­ity.

The debt and deficit is steadily ris­ing in spite of much talk of aus­ter­ity and cuts. While it is true that the bud­get of high-spend­ing de­part­ments is squeezed, there is still spend­ing and bor­row­ing at as­tro­nom­i­cal rates, which will be­queath fu­ture gen­er­a­tions with our debts to pay. My view is that it is im­moral to spend un­sus­tain­ably and let our chil­dren pick up the bill.

In a pre-Easter meet­ing with reli- gious lead­ers the Prime Min­is­ter yet again paid lip-ser­vice to his sup­port for strong and thriv­ing faith com­mu­ni­ties, tr ying to heal the wounds left by his leg­is­la­tion for the re­def­i­ni­tion of mar­riage. Yet this government has done so lit­tle to match its words with re­al­ity.

In spite of sup­port for the wear­ing of crosses, the government be­trayed this by em­ploy­ing lawyers who ar­gued against the right in the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights. Its same-sex mar­riage leg­is­la­tion leaves Chris­tians in the pub­lic sec­tor ex­posed to sack­ings and in­jus­tice. Reg­is­trars who will have

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