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Quotes of the week

19 April 2024


I don’t think you should underestimate the motivational power that religion and ethics provides. . . The top 1 per cent earn on average £270,000 a year, and on average they give [less than] £600 to charity. And that’s with Gift Aid! I was brought up in the town of Adam Smith, and next to the town of Andrew Carnegie. Where are the modern British philanthropists?

Gordon Brown, interview, Financial Times, 15 April


Britain’s got major problems, partly because of Brexit and everything else. But we’ve never fallen, except for very brief periods, for self-interested individualism. We could build a cohesive and fair society if we had the right conditions



My buddies told me this morning, my victory was secure on the cross. And that’s a pretty special feeling: to know that I’m secure for forever, and it doesn’t matter if I win this tournament or lose this tournament

Scottie Scheffler, golfer, speaking at a press conference after winning the Masters Tournament, 15 April


An article published on April 7 mistakenly claimed that the Clapham chemical attacker Abdul Ezedi had been supported by the Church of England, and that this enabled him to “beat the system”. We accept that Mr Ezedi is not known to have had any connections with the Church of England and apologise for the error

Daily Mail, X/Twitter, 11 April


Wow. Daily Mail apologising

Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester, X/Twitter, 11 April


Six years is a very long time. I did not come back to the world I had left. I underestimated how complicated freedom would be

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Woman’s Hour, Radio 4, 11 April, two years after release from prison in Iran (News, 18 March 2022)


Jesus doesn’t fit as either a progressive or a conservative. We should be very careful of losing who Jesus is by boxing him into either woke or anti-woke positions

Krish Kandiah, director, Sanctuary Foundation, X/Twitter, 10 April


In the secularised west, the current revival [of pilgrimage] suggests that spiritual journeying will comfortably survive the decline of churchgoing. The practice has, after all, outlived more direct threats in the past

Editorial, The Guardian, 15 April


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