As the saga of MPs expenses claims rumbles on, the Prime Minister was on the Andrew Marr’s show on BBC1, this morning, suggesting what I think is a spring-clean of the system and the wider public services. The Prime Minister said he planned to introduce a binding “code of conduct” for MPS and warned other public institutions they would also face tougher scrutiny as part of a bid to clean up the system. Looks to me it’s time for a spring-clean! The Prime Minister admitted that there were “clear cases” of MPs who may have broken the law over expense claims but insisted “a few” had abused the system. Responding to further embarrassing revelations of expense claims, including one Labour MP’s bid to get back a £5 church donation from the taxpayer, the PM expressed his shock. Imagine trying to claim a £5 donation to a church from the taxpayer, what kind of a person would do such a thing? Mr Brown said “what I have seen offends my Presbyterian conscience, what I have seen is something that is appalling.” He continued by saying “I did not expect to see instances where there are clear cases which maybe have to be answered to for fraud.” He added that “most MPs are doing a good job. They are in for public service, they are in for what they give not what they can get. But where a few MPs have abused the system they have got to pay back and there has got to be punishment and discipline.” I believe this is the strongest call to date and from the very top of our government for a complete spring-clean of the system. I want to believe that this call is for real and that it would be effected sooner rather than later so that we can put this whole embarrassing situation behind us and move forward as a nation where the electorate have trust and confidence in the elected.
A word for your week ~ 2 Samuel 23:3-4
Beloved, our text this week focuses again on leadership, which I have blogged about on a few occasions. In the above portion of Scripture, King David relates an instruction he got from God specifically about those who rule over others, basically leaders. Three points we see him make here…
- The leader must be Just – an adverb that means fair, impartial, honest, honourable, righteous, moral or truthful. Any leader that attempts to claim a £5 donation to a church from the taxpayer cannot be said to be any of this. I am sure you get what I mean!
- Ruling in the fear of God – In a self-centred world, where ‘I come first’ is an acceptable norm, how can some of today’s leaders not put themselves first before their public duties. So, one can easily claim not only for his second home but also for his duck house! Simply unbelievable!
- Transparent – In the words of the Bible, “And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, Like the tender grass springing out of the earth, By clear shining after rain.’ Transparency, nothing hidden, nothing covered!
Beloved, I am not sure whether you are in a position of authority or not. If are or are aspiring to be, please make sure you embrace these Biblical values and principles. Simple as they may seem, they are guaranteed to see you succeed as a leader and it applies to every level of leadership, public and otherwise. So, take heed to the word of God!!!
As you begin a new week today, I prophesy that…
- For you, this week shall be greater than last week in every dimension!
- You shall come into sudden breakthroughs!
- Every thing you lay your hands to do this week shall prosper!
- Grace and mercy shall accompany you daily!
- No man or devil can withhold that which God has determined is yours!
- You shall not know any harm, hurt or harrassment from the enemy!
- You are blessed and mightily favoured of the Lord!
Have a great week!