The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the âsystematic humiliationâ of MPs is threatening democracy. Dr Rowan Williams has voiced concern over the issues raised in the expenses scandal. Writing in The Times tomorrow, Dr Williams said: âMany will now be wondering whether the point has not been adequately made: the continuing systematic humiliation of politicians itself threatens to carry a heavy price in terms of our ability to salvage some confidence in our democracy.â He also expressed fear that the scandal could damage confidence in politics and public service overall. His comments come after Tory backbencher Nadine Dorries warned that MPs were becoming victims of a âMcCarthy-style witch-huntâ over their expenses claims. She said she was also concerned that an MP could commit suicide because the situation at Westminster had become âcompletely unbearable.â Date 22nd May 2009 (edited for brevity) My Reply It must be wonderful to view life through a narrow ecclesiastic prism. I suspect Dr. Rowan Williams is not likely to lose his house, his income, his lifeâs savings nor his pension, whichever way the pendulum swings. It is not the systematic humiliation of M.P.âs that threatens democracy, but the MPâs feeding frenzy at the âexpense troughâ that has threatened democracy. The issue of having confidence in democracy is not in question. I suspect democracy will survive long after these parasites have vanished into the fog of obscurity or some of Her Majestyâs less salubrious institutions. The âquestionâ is the litany of excess which aside from beggaring belief, has made a mockery of the electorate, showing utter disdain and contempt for the people they claim to represent. To paraphrase, Dr. Rowan, âthe point will be adequately madeâ, when these so called M.P.âs are swatted unceremoniously from power, in the same way as one would swat at an irritating insect. Itâs interesting to note that Dr. Rowanâs only supposed concern is the fate of democracy and yet he takes no issue with the rights or wrongs of this parasitic swarm, these laughable and lamentable servants of the people. If, as reported he said âthat the scandal could damage confidence in politics and public service overallâ, then I fear Dr. Rowan is perhaps living in a parallel universe, quite unlike our own. The further comments by Tory backbencher Nadine Dorries (mentioned in the same article) in which she appears to be concerned âthat an M.P. could commit suicide, because the situation at Westminster had become completely unbearableâ, presupposes that these M.P.âs have either a social conscience or are honourable people who live by some code of ethics. If that were the case, we would see them dropping on their swords by the score. I suspect that we will have to wait some time before we could enjoy such a spectacle.