The reason why Tory Christians tend to be ridiculed is that the Government is largely responsible for the erosion of the social fabric of this country. British society, with its large gulf between the rich and the poor, and its rising poverty does not suggest a country ruled by the Christian values of equality and justice.
Politicians who profess their faith will only risk alienating voters if they fail to live up to their assertions and recommendations. Otherwise, as in John Smith's case, they are highly regarded and even revered.
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