CHURCH: He’s right, church does have its cake and eat it

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I was pleased to read David Turp’s letter in the Spalding Guardian saying that the Church of England is having its cake and eating it, for he says all I have believed for a very long time.

As he states, it’s one of the richest businesses in the land, charging for all it supplies, and promising some fabled good fortune in return for gifts of money.

Only elected councillors should be the people who decide how the electorate’s money should be spent

And what about its recent excursion into telling our politicians how they should spend our money?

If it wants to have influence in that area, its members should stand for election like any other independent or party member.

In fact, the population should be aware that in some areas it does dictate how we should spend our money, because it has unelected members who sit on many of our councils.

This came about because, for many centuries, the Church of England governed our towns and villages through what were known as parish councils.

Later several government acts removed this power, but their influence is still allowed because many old-fashioned, bumbling councillors still don’t understand that the money they have to spend is wrenched from the electorate’s hands, with the threat of prison if it’s not handed over.

They still don’t understand, this is 2015, and only elected councillors should be the people who decide how the electorate’s money should be spent.