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A Change is as Good as What Precisely?
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Following the departure of ex Prime Minister Tony Blair to pastures new (the Middle East’s lost is our gain), and his replacement with Gordon Brown, I did feel some hope that I may once again feel some inclination to vote (new) Labour at some point.  The Cabinet reshuffle was a reasonably good sign, but any sense of optimism was soon dispelled.


After the attempted terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow, it was not surprising that there would be a flurry of interviews in the media on Sunday.  One particularly caught my attention, even if the name of the government spokesman did not.  In referring to plans for meetings with members of the Muslim community he referred to ‘perceived grievances’ that they may have as a result of trying to live in harmony with other communities in the UK.  This term is often used in company grievance procedures, on the basis that just because someone makes a complaint about something or someone, it does not necessarily follow there is any justification for the complaint.  Fair enough, but the way in which this was expressed, I got the distinct impression (yet again) that the government were prepared to meet ‘community leaders’ (whatever they are), but anything that is said just goes in one ear and out the other.  I have the distinct impression that the emperor does not have any clothes on.


Speaking of so called community leaders, I wonder who my community leader might be?  As an atheist it can’t be the hard drinking, larger than life Bishop f Southwark, but I’m not sure if he is aware of that.