I’m just travelling back from a splendid Harvest Service at St Bride’s, Fleet Street, and an equally splendid lunch at Painter’s Hall, courtesy of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists and their Hon Chaplain Geoff Dodgson. Malcolm Guite was there too, to read one of his sonnets: my job was just to say grace.
The CEO of the Tenant Farmers’ Association delivered the sermon on the truth of Christ which sets us free. I found myself thinking in a more applied way. Good folk though these Guildswomen and men are, we are living in a post-truth world and they are heavily engaged in PR as well as journalism. So I wonder what the temptation to step over the truth line looks like to them, why it might prevail, and what might help them counter it. I wonder.