The announcement of the impending General Election inevitably brought to my mind Evelyn Waugh's dictum that he did not vote on these occasions as he considered it a presumption on his part to advise his Sovereign on her choice of ministers. Whilst part of me sympathizes with such a view I am minded to think that as Her Majesty has graciously invited her subjects to send representatives of their communities - I am not sure if they are still expected to be knights of the shires and burgesses of the cities, boroughs and towns of the ancient demesne, though obviously they should be - to assemble at Westminster, or wheresoever Her Majesty summons them, and, with the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and herself comprise a Parliament to advise on the good governance of her realm - and let's face it, there has not been an abundance such good governance for a very long time - well it would be churlish to refuse to participate in the process.
This election is an important one. However I fear that many of the issues that I suspect my readers and I consider important will not get much coverage in the popular media. I suspect that I shall be tempted to address some of them over the next four weeks.
Photopost: December 9th Rorate Mass at St Stephen’s Church in Portland, Oregon - Thank you to Daniel Page, the Director of Sacred Music at St Stephen’s Catholic Church in Portland Oregon. The celebrant is Fr Eric Andersen
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