I have always given great consideration to what I say in public. This is something that was instilled in me by my father from an early age and later re enforced in my time in the civil service. But when it comes to the written word I am even more conscious. Dyslexia has a wonderful way of undermining confidence. But I find myself in Jerusalem with 23 curates from the Diocese of Exeter, a Bishop, his Chaplain and a tablet (an electronic one rather than medical).
Tablets are great but not as accurate when it comes to proof reading as my family. So I hope over the next 10 days to write about our pilgrimage and in doing so I know I take a risk and ask you to be kind. But having read today in The Guardian news paper (12th January 2016 page 27 Ben Rawlence) about the risk taken by an Ethiopian refugee who sued the UK after he lost his home I realise all I have to loose is ‘face’. The Ethiopian realised that the money given by difid was being used to displace him and his family. Having spoken up he faced the consequences and although the money is no longer being invested in this he is now a refugee having lost his lively hood, family and country.
This will also please our Director of Communications (writing a blog not loosing face!). I may even find other contributors!