Holding mirror to a changing land.
INEVER thought I'd find a TV documentary on the 2011 Census so interesting - and alarming. Andrew Marr was the right man to front "This is Britain". Unlike some at the BBC, he is largely free of the liberal straitjacket binding many of his colleagues.
Mr Marr did not allow himself to be unduly sidetracked by the recent hysterical debate over whether the 75% of us who ticked the box marked "Christian" at the last census really are. The same can't be said for Radio 2's Jeremy Vine. OF NORTH Wales Mark Polin for officers smarten their hats. I agree. an officer the a baseball cap been outlawed? gone to the stopped Police This particular debate was kicked off by a dubious online poll carried out by the British Humanist Association which doubts that the 75% figure is credible. The humanists wanted the census to probe whether we really believe Jesus was the Son of God and died on the Cross. All this was picked up and swallowed whole by BBC News and Jeremy Vine who WEEK Chief Constable insisting that his up and wear I'm sure I saw day sporting devoted his show last Tuesday to examining whether we accept the Christian story. I look forward to Islam getting the same treatment and hearing Mr Vine quiz Muslims - haven't they Britain has dogs since men wearing hats.
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on whether they truly believe the word of God was revealed to Mohammed by Archangel Gabriel on a mountain near Mecca. Mr Marr contented himself with but a little mockery in his programme - about how only 9% of those 75% of Christians actually go to church. "We seem to want the badge but we're not prepared to pay the fee," he scoffed.
OF ISN'T it a bit Jones to record of Government Really? My wife and I don't often go to church because we've got two small kids who would scream the place down. We still tick the Christian box, and can I refer Mr Marr to Matthew 6:5 - "when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men." In other words, you don't need to wear your faith on your sleeve. in command messy Cameron-I fear people saying 'I only they At least Andrew Marr didn't ignore the elephant in the room: "no topic in this census is likely to be hotter than immigration and race," he noted, no doubt giving many a BBC liberal an attack of the vapours.
He ploughed on, pointing out that our VILLAIN WEEK rich of Ieuan Wyn rubbishing the the Assembly which he is second What next, a Clegg divorce? will soon start with Nick', won't mean Clegg.
population was poised to hit 62 million; would rise by a further four million in the next 10 years; by 2051 at least 20% of us will be from ethnic minorities and, possibly, in 50 years' time whites themselves will be an ethnic minority. I knew all of this already, but it still rattled to hear it spelled out matter of factly on TV. Doesn't it just make you want to go out and get shut of all the multiculturalists, diversity champions and social engineers who got us into this mess? At least the 10-yearly Census, for all its faults, forces us to hold a mirror up to our transforming society - not that many will like the reflection.