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Quotes of the week

30 April 2021


Let the bodies pile high in their thousands

Boris Johnson’s alleged preference to another lockdown, overheard in Downing Street last year. On Monday, Mr Johnson called the report “total, total rubbish”

It is sad to see the PM and his office fall so far below the standards of competence and integrity the country deserves

Dominic Cummings blog, 23 April

Politicians are human beings. If we want perfect politicians, there won’t be anyone sitting in the House of Commons. We’ll never have another Prime Minister

Justin Welby, BBC interview, 23 April

I don’t think anyone, really, can get on their high horse about trust and ethics and all the rest of it in pol­itics, because, as far as I’m con­cerned, most of it is a bit of a cesspit

Johnny Mercer, former Defence Department minister responsible for veterans, talking about his resignation on Times Radio, 21 April

Try to focus their attention on the fact that we are shifting our ap­­proach to strengthening sustainable and re­­silient national WASH services

Internal briefing document to Wendy Morton, a junior minister, on how to deal with criticism that the UK contribution to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme has been cut from £150 million in 2019 to £30 million this year

Our identity is in Christ and our membership of the Body of Christ. Candidates should represent that body without distinction and be credible representatives of the body as a whole

Aiden Hargreaves-Smith, presenting the report Responsible Representation to the General Synod, which is described in the report as “overwhelmingly white, middle-class and able-bodied”, 24 April

We not only need a new CDM Measure but we need to look at the role and affirmation of clergy — how they understand themselves and take on the pressure of discipleship, and how they can be supported throughout their ministry

Tim Thornton, Bishop at Lambeth, in the General Synod debate on the Clergy Discipline Measure, 24 April

To only stand up for the rights of Christians is an act of self-harm

Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, in the General Synod debate on the freedom of religion or belief, 23 April

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