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George Carey: Reflections from Across the Pond

Apr 10, 2017 by

An Interview with George Carey: Reflections from Across the Pond

Michael F. Shaughnessy –

1) First of all, for our readers, could you tell us a bit about yourself, your education and experiences and what you are currently doing?

Thank you. I am from a working class background, born in the East End of London. Family quite poor: our home was bombed in the last war. I went to an ordinary school but left at 15 1/2 and worked as ‘office boy’ in an office. Did national service in the Airforce and served in Egypt and Iraq. Felt a strong call to ordination. At age of 20 I was demobilized and started University… I married Eileen at age of 22… after degree became a Church of England clergyman. I then went on to teach in three colleges, becoming Principal of one; became a bishop then Archbishop of Canterbury. Now retired but active. Currently I am in the House of Lords as Lord Carey of Clifton

2) Secondly, let me indicate that my thoughts and prayers are with you and all in England  that have been impacted by the recent acts of terror – that literally took place outside the Houses of Parliament. Your thoughts and reflections?

We have been through worse! Last war was horrific. I was a boy in the last war and had friends who lost their lives through German bombing. The British spirit cannot be defeated by such evil. Such senseless events invariably draws people together.

What is wholly new now is the growth of British born terrorists who have no allegiance to this country. Our politicians are terrified of laying the blame on Islam but the fact is that Jihadists are shaped by mosques and the teaching of the Koran.

3) As someone who has followed the recent American election quite closely, what are your feelings about Donald Trump. Is he representing the common man?

In a recent speech, I made the point that Trump could be an unusual ‘Good Samaritan’ if he manages to bring back prosperity to the working classes. He should be given time but he will be judged on his record. He is, after all, the elected President of the US and his office should be respected. Personally, I think he should never have been allowed to run as President because he had no experience of political office and no obvious social skills or graces to go with it!  He does NOT represent the man in the street because his phenomenal wealth sets him apart.

However, IF he can succeed then we might all change our minds.

4) And recently England has voted to leave the European Union- and perhaps stop subsidizing other countries. What is the general feel of the populace in England about Brexit?

Generally positive. Just as there is in the States a great divide between sophisticated liberals and ordinary working people, so here the divide between the chattering classes and ordinary working people. What many are concerned about are: loss of freedom (Europe making laws for us), borders (having no control as to who may live here) and economic stability.

5) On a recent visit to London, and to see friends in Oxford and Durham, I was told that “the churches are empty”. Is this common across all of England, and indeed, common across all Europe?

Greatly exaggerated!  People are say this are usually those who don’t go. Many churches are flourishing. Those dying deserve to die… because lack of leadership and confusion of church-ianity and Christ-ianity.

6) Issues of religion seem to permeate this terrorist issue. What are your thoughts and reflections on this problem?

As I said before, religion IS in the background and plays a huge role. Radical Islam is rooted in Islam. We need Muslim leaders to be more vocal against terrorism.

7) What have I neglected to ask?

Don’t know but good questions!

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