When two odd-looking men in dresses turned up at David Cameron's constituency office in the High Street of Witney yesterday, the staff shooed them away. They sounded like beggars, talking about poverty, hunger and food banks. "No, we've got no idea where to find one of those, there probably isn't one in Witney, this is a rather well-heeled area you know, and if you are poor you might feel a little out of place here. We are Conservatives - we know about merchant banks, not food banks!"
When the two mendicants insisted that they had an appointment and wished to present a letter to the Prime Minister himself, the staff grew really irate. They summoned THREE policemen and got the pair of pests warned off the premises. The staff were very busy running the party's campaign for the EU and local elections on May 22nd, with special emphasis on how "Christian" David Cameron is and how terribly important his faith (sic) is to him.
They could not be expected to recognize that the two men were the Bishop of Oxford (the Rt Rev. John Pritchard) and his colleague the Rev. Keith Hebden. The letter they were trying to present was part of a nationwide Christian campaign, the End Hunger Fast campaign. It was signed by 42 Anglican bishops and more than 600 clergy, and called on the government to implement the recommendations of a parliamentary inquiry into poverty. Of course Cameron and most of his party voted against it.
Cameron's attitude can be summed up "Sorry, I'm not at home to the Bishop - I'm out pretending to be a Christian."