Blair isn’t a liar, he’s a genuine believer – which made him so dangerous

At the Spectator: Blair got a lot of criticism for his religion while in office, ironicconsidering he has helped to destroy one of the oldest Christian communities on earth. But except in fundamentalists, faith is compartmentalised in most peoples’ minds; more influential is Christianity’s secular heresy, progressivism, whose believers have inherited the Christian traditions of equality, universalism, individualism, ensoulment (which probably informs the trans debate), free will and eschatology (‘the right side of history’), but without any of… Read on

Don’t blame faith schools for our segregated society/My sneaking admiration for Tony Blair

Today on the Catholic Herald I’m writing about faith schools and the blame they increasingly get for segregation, following a report on the subject. As I point out, religion is both a pro and anti-integrationist pressure in society, depending on circumstances. Going to a Catholic state school put me in contact  with lots of people, although as I wrote in my book I’m not sure how culturally enriching this was I grew up with people from all around… Read on