I’ve only read the Labour one so far, but these all look interesting as an illustration of what I was talking about in my previous post: representatives of each of the three main parties look at how their policies compare to Catholic Social Teaching, and in particular the concept of “the common good”:
- Conservatives and the Common Good, by David Grant;
- Liberal Democrats and the Common Good, by Sarah Teather; and
- Labour and the Common Good, by John Battle.
These articles are on the British Jesuits’ website Thinking Faith, and are inspired by the Roman Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales March 2010 document, Choosing the Common Good (PDF).
Rather than comment in detail on these documents, I’ll be interested to know what others think: is “the common good” a helpful basis for political reflection and action by Christians? And how well do you think each party’s policies, as summarised by its representatives in the articles linked above, reflect the concept of “the common good”?
And let’s assume we’ve all already voted, so the aim isn’t to convince floating voters of our respective positions!
Note: if you feel you need more than (say) 500 words in which to express your answer, please can I suggest you post it on your own blog and provide a link. Not looking at anyone in particular, here… 😉