Long term readers might remember that this blog had a run in with the person in the following news story. Sounds like one or two of his 'victims' have decided to thoroughly check him out and have uncovered a little bit more than he would have bargained for........Mr Mackie is in my prayers.
A photographer, who sued anyone using his images for breach of copyright, has admitted to fraudulently claiming £24,000 in benefits at the same time.
According to The Herald, photographer Alan Mackie raised 30 civil actions against companies which used his images, while also receiving £24,368.31 in benefits that he was not entitled too.
During the hearing at Ayr Sheriff Court yesterday, depute fiscal Erin Campbell, who was prosecuting Mackie, claimed that several witnesses spoke to the Department of Work and Pensions, which launched an investigation following an anonymous tip-off into Mackie’s work.
One witness claimed that Mackie attempted to sue his company for £3,000 for using his images, describing the photographers tactics as a ‘honeypot’ in which people would use the images from the website, not realising that they were doing anything wrong.
Mackie eventually received a lesser amount in compensation.
Sentence following Mackie’s admission of receiving benefits fraudulently, was deferred for reports by Sheriff Desmond Leslie.
Apparently I have "slammed" my colleague from St Mary's Cathedral. You have to hate the Sun, don't you? All they did was pick up the Scotland on Sunday story. They didn't speak to me and I suspect the same is true for Kelvin. Mind you, he's quite pleased with his photograph.
Can you spot GadgetVicar? And who is that sitting next to him? (Photograph courtesy of Stephen Sizer)
It was great to catch up with some old friends, as well as listen to some fine speakers.
We were reminded that this is a renewal movement and not a schismatic organisation. Instititutional Anglicanism needs reformed and that isn't going to happen overnight, so endurance and patience are going to be needed.
As well as focussing on the mission of the local church, both in the UK
and around the world, attention was drawn to several other issues.
1. Problems with how people are called, trained and appointed for
ordained ministry. Several situations were illustrated where highly
qualified candidates (as recognised by their local churches and
others), found it difficult to get through the ordination process
because of their lack of "sophistication". One person had been made to
do placements in liberal congregations "to broaden his experience" (Question:
Why is it never the other way about? In twenty-one years of church
leadership, I've only ever had one ordinand on placement, and then only
because he specifically asked for this). There is a huge
ecclesiological issue here, where the centre takes the authority and
ignores the wisdom and needs of the local church. And yes, I know all
about people being ordained for the whole church and all that, but I
want to argue for training that forms praying, holy, creative and
entrepreneurial people rather than simple drones.
2. Help for beleagured people. Forward in Faith
members were present in significant numbers. There were ordained women
present too. Several calls for patience and understanding of one
another were made during the day. It's possible to work together
despite this difference, because this is perceived as a second order
issue and not one of salvation. However, those who are unable to accept
the ordination of women to the priesthood or episcopate need some kind
of support enshrined in canon law, if they are to remain part of the
church. Such support is noticeable by its absence in Scotland, and
indeed I wonder how difficult it might be for a traditional
Anglo-catholic to get ordained thes days? This does not bode well for
those who take a different view on other issues facing the Communion.
What provision would be made for them once canon law catches up with
the facts on the ground (clergy in civil partnerships, same-sex blessings taking place already)?
I've long argued that we'll see just how inclusive the church really is
is by the form of legislation that gets passed on these matters.
One thing that is increasingly clear is that declining
churches have a tendency towards centralisation, theological drift and
canonical fundamentalism. That makes for a thoroughly toxic mix.
On Monday I had the pleasure of working with colleagues on drawing up a profile of the diocese in preparation for the Diocesan Synod on June 20th, where the long process of electing a new bishop for Glasgow and Galloway will begin. It felt like a good meeting.
On Tuesday, I visited the new home of Glasgow City Mission (of which I am a Director). The building is due to be completed this month. It's a superb purpose-built facility with a gymn, computing and artistic facilities. The main offices will be based on the third floor with the first two floors housing the facilities that will serve the neediest people of Glasgow. Andrew Lowe, the Chief Executive and his team have done a tremendous job on the project. It gave me a flavour of what we might face at St Silas' in the coming year when we start building our new hall. Exciting!
Today after meeting with our staff, it was a meeting with the Gibson Street Gala committee. This community event takes place on the 21st June and is part of the West End Festival. St Silas' will be open all day making a contribution to the activities. We need to find a few responsible people to steward the activities for children which the committee have organised. Any takers?
GV boy completed his schooling today, as he sat his last exam. I took him out to celebrate by seeing Terminator Salvation (get the irony?).
I have to spend considerable time in Edinburgh over the next ten days. I haven't been there much since 1995 when we moved to Glasgow, so I'm looking forward to it.
First up is a meeting of the Scottish Episcopal Evangelical Fellowship tomorrow at St Thomas', Corstorphine. We've finally called people together after not meeting for three or four years. It will be good to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.
Next Tuesday is this conference at P's & G's. I'm excited about the conference content, but also because I'll be visiting the church where I was a curate back in the eighties. I haven't seen the new facilities yet, but will enjoy doing so soon.
It's back to Edinburgh for General Synod Thursday-Saturday of next week. After twenty-one years of ordained ministry, I am finally going to be a fresher at Synod. Someone suggested to me the other day that I must have drawn the short straw. What have I let myself in for, I wonder?