Letters: Malcolm Cox, June 7, 2016

Former press secretary Alastair Campbell interviewed by BBC reporter Martin Heath at The Deco Conference Centre in Northampton ENGNNL00120120417155720
Former press secretary Alastair Campbell interviewed by BBC reporter Martin Heath at The Deco Conference Centre in Northampton ENGNNL00120120417155720
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I did not figure on having to reply quite so soon to David Fleming, however, his letter on Friday, May 27, contains such an odd mixture of Biblical tub thumping and right-wing muddle that it needs an immediate response. I recall Alastair Campbell’s advice to Tony Blair “we don’t do God”.

Mr Fleming’s notion that only Christians, to be precise his sort of Christian, have the truth and wisdom to guide us through the EU Referendum mire probably goes some way to explaining all those empty pews that we keep reading about. As an atheist (albeit a tolerant one), I cannot possibly compete with Mr Fleming’s Biblical knowledge but the very idea that only a thorough grasp of Deuteronomy confers enough wisdom to cast one’s vote sensibly is utter nonsense.

Presumably Mr Fleming still believes in Genesis, a world created in seven days! His interpretation of “Thou should not remove thy neighbour’s landmark” barely held water in 1816 let alone 2016, back then the Empire’s muscular Christianity was busily shifting landmarks all over the place. Only the narrow minded could equate first century recollections of Christ’s ministry with 21st century fiscal theory which has produced the inequality of today’s rampant capitalism either in or out of the EU. Mr Fleming rails against the “PC dogma of equality, diversity, benefits…” Straying into New Testament, I seem to recall something about bread and fishes being shared equally among the multitude who stood waiting on the shoreline for their hand out. I note also that “national loyalty” supersedes that of the family of man which I have always understood was the core of Christ’s view. Even today primary school children sing that hymn which tells us that “The family of man keeps growing, the family of man keeps sowing, the seeds of a new life every day”. Though with the planet over-populated maybe that needs amending.

Might I offer a word of advice to David Fleming. By all means express your viewpoint but do not dress is up as divinely inspired. Sing for Brexit but “don’t do God”.

Malcolm Cox

Terrington St Clement