Coherence and service in politics

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COURAGE OF BEING COHERENT IN PUBLIC LIFE

Hilaire Belloc, the well-known
historian –author of “How The Reformation Happened”- and inseparable friend of
Maurice Baring and G.K. Chesterton stood for the Liberals at South Salford in a
General Election.
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Belloc’s Conservative opponents
adopted the campaign slogan “Don’t vote for a Frenchman and a Catholic”. Belloc
responded in the first public meeting: “Gentlemen, I am a Catholic. As far as
possible, I go to Mass every day. This (taking a rosary out of his pocket) is a
rosary. As far as possible, I kneel down and tell these beads every day. If you
reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that He has spared me
the indignity of being your representative.”

In the audience was a hush of
amazement and after the public stood up cheering. He got elected.

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