One year after Brexit, a stellar cast of eminent contributors from of politics, public service and religion explore why now more than ever, public servants must consider and reassess how to keep moral courage in public life alive in this new book of essays – ‘The Moral Heart of Public Service.’ Here, she talks to us about her motivations for writing the book.
What first motivated you to collate these essays on morality in public life?
Westminster Abbey Institute, of which I am founder-director, was established by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster to revitalise morality in public life. We offer twice yearly programmes of lectures to this end. We have been able to invite some really stellar speakers and to work hard ourselves to produce thoughtful and high quality lectures. I wanted to turn those lectures into essays and produce them in a form that would last. The Institute is meant to offer timely wisdom that is also timeless, so the book form is a good one for us. The test is whether the essays are still relevant in ten, twenty, even fifty years’ time.