A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be


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Bob Crow died suddenly yesterday and everybody is saying what a great leader he was. It reminds me very much of the famous Not the Nine O’Clock News Politicians sketch.

While he was alive, he was vilified by the Daily Mail, but once dead, lauded. It turns out that he worked hard, grew his union when all around were declining, and knew what he was doing.

George Bernard Shaw said “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

That’s true in the church too. Lord Soper, is now regarded as a nonconformist prince of the pulpit but the hierarchy couldn’t stand him when he was alive, like Booth, Bourne and Wesley before him. Just like Jesus really.

So here’s to those who are “unreasonable” in their pursuit of doing what is right.

Perhaps you could become one of them?