Thursday, October 09, 2008

Another Politician Inspiring Confidence

This story is great (ht), even setting aside the melodramatic tone. In the British House of Commons Ian Paisley said about the recent economic crisis, "I trust that our whole nation will turn in repentance and cry to God for an intervention so that calamity will not come on our children and on babes in cots." Not only did it have the excellence of making a whole chamber of politicians thoroughly uncomfortable, it called forth this profoundly consoling comment from Alistair Darling:

Alistair Darling, Chancellor of the Exchequer, had to try to find something to say to Mr Paisley by way of response during yesterday's Commons Statement on the banking crisis. 'Er,' he said, 'I am not as well qualified to comment on whether or not divine intervention can help us or not.'

Yes, that's the comforting response to give when someone says we should pray for God to help us. You can now take your cue from Mr. Darling, and say, "Um, I can't really be sure that even God can help us now."

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