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Harriet Jones…a profile in power…

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“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely…” though perhaps power only reveals corruption where it already exists.

As for absolute power, that’s another question, I think.


If ‘absolute’ refers to power over particular people at a particular time, including the power of life and death, then yes, history reflects that, but if ‘absolute power’ refers to omnipotence, then it corrupts not at all, since that only ever exists in God and He only ever exerts it for the good of his people.

When Harriet Jones, member for Flydale North, in the wake of a failed alien plot to nuke planet Earth for profit, becomes Prime Minister of Britain she uses power well, until she defies the Doctor and orders the destruction of the fleeing Sycorax; an act of corruption, or a quite proper use of power in the interest of mankind? The Doctor thought it was the former and acted with six little words (don’t you think she looks tired?) to terminate Harriet’s Premiership.

Harold SaxonThat turned out to be an interesting exercise of power in itself when the removal of Ms Jones left a vacuum filled by Harry Saxon, whose corruption knew no bounds, but at least the Doctor would be present later to deal with the fallout of his actions, at least for a while.


ninth and tardisPossessed with incredible knowledge and power, Who travels through time and space showing particular concern for we ‘apes’ (as #9 says) saving us time and again from our enemies and from ourselves. But ultimately he is like any man trying to plug leaks in a slowly crumbling dam.

Each action has a reaction, more dangerous enemies appear and his own power degenerates; he will eventually die and what happens to mankind when he is no longer here to rescue us?



Jesus, on the other hand, as one to whom all power is given, delegated it to men early in his ministry, a risk he was prepared to take for our good and, amazingly, for the glory of God. Later, at Pentecost, power filled his disciples in the person of the Holy Spirit, though that was power to serve well, even to die well and with the power of the Spirit’s presence came the power of Jesus’ promise; that he would be with his people ‘to the end of the age’ and beyond.

God, in  absolute power and love is sovereign over all his creation, over man and the enemies of man including death, working for our good, not until he wears himself out or tires of us but even in that new heaven and earth that he has planned for us to share with him forever.

Paul encouraged the first century Christians of Rome with his confidence in God’s goodness and power.

He wrote, ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose…If God is for us, who can be against us? …Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship …or danger or sword? …No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life … neither the present nor the future, nor any powers … nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
Romans 8:28-39

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