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Quotes of the week

28 June 2024


I do go to church although I must say sorry to my vicar that I haven’t been recently. I’ve been quite busy. But I do believe in God, and I am a practising Christian

Rachel Reeves, Shadow Chancellor, interview, The Times, 21 June

I think that we all bring to our jobs those things that make us who we are. Those experiences, for me, of working with my grandma and grandad in the school holidays in a Salvation Army shop, that did have an impact on me. This strong belief that my parents instilled in me, and my grandparents, that you shouldn’t just take, you should always give something back, that’s had a big impact


I’ve never, ever been anti-faith; I’m a kind of pro-faith atheist. But what I’ve always worried is [that] many members of the public think that, when a politician does talk about God, a bit like American politicians, they’re trying to ally it to their politics, and that is dangerous

Alastair Campbell, co-host of the podcast The Rest is Politics and former Downing Street director of communications, Sunday, Radio 4, 23 June

The faith that an individual has may be relevant to the judgement that one makes about them, because it is about the way they see, in many cases, their fellow human beings. I don’t think it’s irrelevant, but I certainly think it can be abused

Dominic Grieve, former Conservative Cabinet minister, Sunday, Radio 4, 23 June

On 4 July, for the first time in my adult life, I shall not vote in a General Election. Most members of the House of Lords are legally barred from voting in Parliamentary elections. Although this ban does not technically extend to the Bishops, “by long convention”, we abstain

Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield, X/Twitter, 19 June~

Social media is path to stupidity, says church

Headline in The Times, 26 June

I don’t talk about the Spanish Inquisition in my set (nobody would expect that!) but I do poke fun at my own church which most audiences — the vast majority of whom are happy atheists — seem to enjoy. The punters may never have met a bishop, but we’ve all had a boss who was both pompous and incompetent

Ravi Holy, priest and comedian, The Guardian, 19 June

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