Principled Accommodation: A Moral and Spiritual Dimension in Politics

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John Woods


There are limits to what can be covered in this article. I will not explore the impact of the personal morality of politicians and whether it has an impact on their public life and credibility. This remains a contested issue, not least in ongoing investigations into the behaviour in the office of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Former US President Donald Trump. A recent book by Chris Bryant, who was formerly an Anglican vicar but now is an MP and Chair of the Commons Committee on Standards and Privileges, relates the various ways that MPs have failed to follow the code of ethics expected by those who hold this office. This is a subject that is worthy of an article in its own right, but there is no space for that in this one.

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