Today, though many of the churches seem to have little energy for anything other than internal wrangles - it was worrying that not a single bishop chose to express a public view on the Scott report's criticisms of government practice - the number of Christian Socialists involved in public life is as high as ever. The political agenda for Christians of whatever denomination is clear at the moment: rescuing politics from the slough into which it has fallen, making education and the pursuit of truth a national passion and addressing the despair of grinding unemployment, homelessness, inequality and poverty at home and abroad.
As you rightly say, this depends on the acceptance of a basic moral code which values honesty and integrity and calls things "right" and "wrong". Otherwise we are left with Nigel Lawson's nihilistic dismissal: "There is nothing left to socialism but the moral high ground". There is a clear task for those who believe that politics is a moral endeavour.
The Christian Socialist Movement
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