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Vicar's Column

By Church Office (churchoffice@crowthorneparishchurch.org.uk ) St John the Baptist Parish Church

Saturday, 24 April 2021

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When, on last Friday’s episode of Have I got news for you, it was announced there had been 100,000 complaints to the BBC about the amount of coverage on the Duke of Edinburgh I thought they were joking but they were not. The TV schedule on the day of Prince Philip’s death was shelved and replaced by tribute programmes. The first episode of Have I got news for you sat tantalizingly unavailable on I-player. However, it would appear to be the fans of MasterChef, rather than devotees of Have I got news for you, like myself, who were protesting the loudest.

It is a rather sorry state of affairs when the desire for instant gratification and entertainment outweighs the impetus to pause for a short period of national mourning and taking stock, or at least to allow the national broadcaster to facilitate that possibility. Society has become increasingly atomised, driven by individualism, but we need these moments of national connection and reflection. The funeral, conducted with such gravitas, generated a sense of national pride and sympathy for the Queen who cut a lonely figure. We should remember her in our prayers as she summons up the strength to continue her life of service without her consort at her side. The pandemic, which has precipitated so many other bereavements, has done much to foster a sense of neighbourly solidarity and community spirit. We should hold onto these gains.

Revd Dr Lisa Cornwell

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