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Paula Kirby's Avatar Jump to comment 17 by Paula Kirby

"But what I am saying is that the Bible has helped to give Britain a set of values and morals which make Britain what it is today."

Really, Mr Cameron? That's strange. It seems like only a few weeks ago that you weren't all that impressed with "the values and morals which make Britain what it is today" and you were busy telling us how "broken" British society was:

Cameron said: "In the banking crisis, with MPs' expenses, in the phone-hacking scandal, we have seen some of the worst cases of greed, irresponsibility and entitlement. The restoration of responsibility has to cut right across our society. "Do we have the determination to confront the slow-motion moral collapse that has taken place in parts of our country these past few generations? "Irresponsibility. Selfishness. Behaving as if your choices have no consequences. Children without fathers. Schools without discipline. Reward without effort. "Crime without punishment. Rights without responsibilities. Communities without control. Some of the worst aspects of human nature tolerated, indulged – sometimes even incentivised – by a state and its agencies that in parts have become literally de-moralised.

So which is it? Do our values and morals come from Christianity, or are our values and morals inadequate? And remember: you can't claim both that our morals and values are broken because we're no longer Christian enough and that Britain is still a Christian country with Christian values.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 23:34:03 UTC | #900082