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Quotes of the week

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26 April 2024

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The most important thing is to wake up every morning with a sense of purpose and go to bed at night counting your blessings. If I didn’t have a sense of purpose, I don’t know what I’d do, really. Sit around and drink all day or something

Tony Blair, former Prime Minister, interview, The Sunday Times, 21 April


Music is a servant of religion, particularly Christianity

Andrew Davis, conductor, quoted in his obituary in The Times, 22 April


You [the Government] should stay the hell out of it [the press]. You don’t know anything about it; you’re only trouble. We’re not on your side, you’re not on our side. . . Relations between journalists and government should always be bad, and never on any account be allowed to get better

Andrew Neil, chairman of The Spectator, giving evidence to the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee, 23 April


There’s a temptation to frame vicars on TikTok as a weird clash of cultures, a story of the ancient meeting the current. Actually, it’s no surprise at all: organised Christianity has invariably gone wherever popular culture has taken it

Fergus Butler-Gallie, priest and writer, Financial Times, 20 April


Of course, statistically speaking, going to church is a weird thing to do for anyone under a certain age. I see the arguments for wanting to meet people where they are and know that it can work. But sometimes the weirdness is the point. What got me going to church as a teenager was precisely because it was not like everything else

ibid.


Supporters of faith schools argue that religious communities provide lots of resources — true — and that children get a better education. Their exam results are indeed better, but that is due to the nature of the intake. Unlike secular state schools, faith schools can select pupils. That freedom to discriminate has been constrained lately but it allows them to admit a smaller proportion of poorer children, as measured by free school meals. Remove such factors, and their outperformance disappears

Emma Duncan, The Times, 19 April


Church schools do not “discriminate on the basis of religion in admissions and employment”. Nor is it accurate that they are “allowed to admit a smaller proportion of poorer children as measured by free school meals”. Church schools admit children of all faiths and none, and of all cultures and social levels, generally reflecting their local areas, be that a village, town or inner-city area

Jane Trott, retired head teacher, letter, The Times, 22 April


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