Just started Justin Welby’s new book ‘Reimagining Britain’. The introduction is intriguing:
- ‘British Values’: have come to mean ‘democcracy, the rule of law and respect for other’.
- As a phrase they strike the wrong note somehow
- These values are necessary (obviously) but not sufficient for the task of ‘re-imagining Britain’
- ‘I suspect, and argue here that there are values that come out of our common European history and Christian heritage, which have been tweaked and adapted in each country and culture.’
- Given the amount being written these days, and the great rumble of the Brexquake shattering everything around us (my phrase), ‘this really is one of those rare moments when we have both the risk and the opportunity of rethinking what we should do and be as a country.’
A rare moment to change direction, by redigging some old wells. Super stuff. This is slow mission. Bring it on. Looking forward to the rest of the book and hoping to blog further about it.
I bought this book, counter-intuitively, by walking into Waterstones and handing over my credit card – full-price, hardback, from a high street store that pays UK tax. Then I went to a coffee shop to blog about it. Life is deeply, wonderfully good that I get to do these things.
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