Saturday, 15 May 2010
Just don't expect too much
Yet this is still the most secularised society in Europe and that is something which won't change any time soon, and (regrettably) we can expect our elected politicians to continue in many ways to reflect that social reality.
We can, though, anticipate a certain change of tone and rhetoric and perhaps a greater readiness to acknowedge the claims of religious conscience (would that our part of the Church may follow suit - pause for hollow laughter) and the strengthening of the rights of our children to receive a religious education.
But whereas this may well end up by being seen as the start of a new era in British political history, let's not go over the top.
It's not a new dawn, it's not a new day, it's just a new government.
Let's learn the lessons of 1979 and 1997 and not place too much faith in the things which will inevitably pass away and, probably, long before that, bitterly disappoint us.