British PM, Gordon Brown, gave a speech almost exactly 20 years after a former prime minister evoked a muted response to her quote: “If a man will not work he shall not eat.” Margaret Thatcher made her stance known that she felt the open and free market economy would be the answer to all of Britain woes. Not an idea held by many after she had left power. Some, still, will not apologise to the British people for the millions that were left destitute after her reign.

The speech by PM Brown was to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. He was addressing the idea that he has a ‘global moral vision’ which billions of us should share. What he emphasised was, for years, we all have lived by a common moral code. This can be argued of course. Not all nations feed from the same cultural background – and as this is the case what is moral, or immoral to me – is not necessarily the same to you.

What is more thought evoking is that he did this to theologians – many atheists would argue that they have a moral code that they live by along side the rest of society without the belief of any deity. Does this direct to all of society that to be moral one must believe in a god or God Himself?

Mr Brown argued that the joining together of the information revolution and the human urge to co-operate for justice made it possible for the first time in history for the dream of a truly global society to be realised.

He called for people everywhere to discover their shared values, communicate with each other and join together with people in other countries in a “single moral universe to bring about change”.

Though that quote seems to be directed at the internet he was speaking about the contentious issue of climate change. If he believes that this kind of direct democracy can work for global warming then why doesn’t he advocate the same for more home-grown issues such as the price of a litre of petrol? That, I would suggest, is having your cake and eating it. Isn’t it just as immoral for a government not to do anything to help the citizens of any given nation to go about their daily business and it costing more than just a few pence?

Isn’t is just as immoral to have so many people in a rich nation such as the UK; poor to the degree that they cannot afford to pay for a subsidised prescription when they are sick?

It is perfectly fine for our leaders to speak on such matters as morality – but as leaders should they not lead by example?

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