October 26, 2005


Blair's faith under scrutiny (Jonathan Walker, Oct 21 2005, icBirmingham)

Tony Blair's religious beliefs were under scrutiny again yesterday after a Labour backbencher accused him of giving faith groups " disproportionate influence" in Government.

Birmingham MP Lynne Jones (Lab Selly Oak) said it was "undemocratic" for religious beliefs to affect policy.

She demanded the abolition of a little-known working group, set up by Mr Blair to give religions a say in every Government department, whose members include Redditch MP Jacqui Smith (Lab). [...]

Mr Blair's personal religious beliefs have come under the spotlight in a way that was previously unknown in modern British politics.

Last month another Labour colleague, Midland MP Ken Purchase (Lab Wolverhampton North East), claimed Mr Blair had allowed his faith to influence education policy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 26, 2005 4:02 PM

Wait and see if the Conservatives chime in with similar "serious concerns" raised by this "disturbing" intrusion of "private matters" on public issues.

Posted by: Luciferous at October 26, 2005 5:23 PM

Blair just has a different religion from the secularists. They don't want the commpetition.

Posted by: jdkelly at October 26, 2005 5:49 PM

"Birmingham MP Lynne Jones (Lab Selly Oak) said it was "undemocratic" for religious beliefs to affect policy."

What a bizarre sentiment. As far as I am aware the percentage of atheists in Britain is still much, much less than 50%...

Posted by: b at October 26, 2005 6:25 PM