Wednesday, 27 April 2011


David Cameron has been criticised for telling MP Angela Eagle to "calm down, dear". Labour accused him of being a sexist bully.

When Mr. Cameron called Ed Balls "the most annoying person in modern politics", no one accused him of anything.

So when is a jibe just a light-hearted joke, and when is it bullying discrimination?

Would you rather receive scathing remarks, or subtly belittling comments?

I have to remind myself sometimes that one of the fruits of the Spirit is gentleness. Jesus certainly scathed on some occasions, but there's no stories I can think of where Jesus jibed. So the essential difference, IMO, is between a put-down, and a rebuke.

We're often too eager to dish out the former, and too timid to offer the latter.

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