Be that as it may, the Christian faith has been a force for good in UK politics, influencing William Wilberforce's campaign to abolish the slave trade and providing an inspiration to political reformers as diverse as Nonconformist agitant, Edward Mial, early Labour leader, Keir Hardie and the suffragette, Christabel Pankhurst.
At a time when the the place of faith-based values in public life is being questioned, this is a helpful reminder that Christianity has had a positive effect upon our country. We dismantle the Christian heritage of this nation in favour of intolerant secularism at our peril. However, as Christabel Pankhurst wisely realised, political and social reforms have their limits, "what mankind needs is not a change of conditions but a change of heart." Only the gospel can do that.
The guide is replete with maps for inquisitive tourists and many fine illustrations of parliament's art, architecture and key personalities.