Sunday, 11 April 2010
Where are all the Characters?
Nowadays eccentricity seems to have gone out of fashion. Politicians have no hinterland, as Denis Healey called it, and appear to be scared to offend the hierarchy for fear of rejection. In business putting the hours in and avoiding making a mistake appears to count for more than having good ideas and in the church there are still some eccentrics around - but we seem to be trying to catch up. Common Tenure appears to be making the church more like business and will I suspect lead to less eccentricity.
Before I get carried away, all was not well in the old day. The selection criteria in all of my examples appeared to be who you knew rather than anything objective and prejudice and "unfair" behaviour abounded. But we do seem to have thrown the baby out with the bathwater in our search for the "safe" option. I wonder whether today Churchill, John Harvey Jones or David Jenkins would have been put into post.