Britain has been the laughing-stock of Europe for a couple of years, but I write this at a time when it seems in complete disarray, with government ministers campaigning like fury against each other.
The presenting issue is Brexit, but Brexit alone cannot explain the depth of hostilities.
THIS WAS the title of the Modern Church South West group day conference in Bath last month, led by Stephen Parsons, author of survivingchurch.org.
The seeds for this day conference were sown at the Modern Church annual conference in July 2017 when Stephen told some of us about his research on the subject.
It's one of those times when words can be not just unhelpful, but positively misleading.
If you're 'ex-vangelical', as so many people in my current parish are, it can be a real issue. Before you've even got to the end of the word, a negative emotional reaction has been evoked by the 'evangel' prefix.