Archbishop: Welsh devolution settlement is ‘immoral’
Immoral? How can a constituent part of the United Kingdom within a liberal democratic framework of freedom, equality and tolerance be in any sense immoral?
Slavery is immoral; prostitution is immoral; what’s going on in Zimbabwe, Darfur and Tibet is immoral. One has to wonder if this archbishop has any clue about the theological meaning of the term. Moral law is the idea of that set of standards outlined in the Decalogue, and Cranmer is intrigued to learn that the Welsh Bible must include ‘Thou shalt not have a devolution settlement inferior to that of the Scots’. Moral requirements have the form of Kantian categorical imperatives which prescribe what is to be done regardless of what one may want.
So what the Archbishop wants is not remotely concerned with morality, and his insistence that devolution is a moral precept is akin to saying that God is a Protestant Unionist.
Of course, in Ulster, he may be.
The Archbishop is right, however, in his insistence that religion could not be ‘separate from life’, and that people in his position ‘can't divorce themselves from the life of politics because politics is about the way we organise ourselves in society and, therefore every single aspect of life ought to have relevance to the Gospel’. But his expression is a personal one, and he is wrong to give the impression that the Anglican Church has a position on Welsh devolution.
Conservative Monmouth MP David Davies criticised the Archbishop saying: ‘What disappoints me is that the most senior member of the Anglican Church in Wales is using his position to put forward a political point of view which he may - and is perfectly entitled to - hold, but he's not making it clear that this is a personal view. He's doing so wearing his crown and mitre, as it were, and frankly I think that's very disappointing, especially when there are so many issues that you would expect the Anglican church to be speaking out at the moment about.’
Cranmer thinks that is load of poppycock as well.
What disappoints Cranmer is that the most senior (namesake-recognised?) Conservative MP in Wales is using his position to put forward a point of view which he may - and is perfectly entitled to - hold, but he's not making it clear that this is a personal view. He's doing so as a member of the House of Commons, as it were, and frankly he thinks that's very disappointing, especially when there are so many issues that you would expect the Conservative Party to be speaking out at the moment about.