The Somerset MP strongly supports Theresa May, denies anti-Etonian prejudice in public life, and says a Catholic could perfectly well be PM.
You may not agree with his views on gay sex and abortion – or what were his views – but they should not be marginalised as illegitimate.
But she confirms that Britain is leaving the ECJ’s jurisdiction, and says that there is a very clear choice on Thursday – between “me and Jeremy Corbyn”.
The Prime Minister’s message for the season. “This Easter, I think of those values that I learned in my childhood, growing up in a vicarage”.
Reports of the Church’s decline ignore worldwide growth, even in such apparently unlikely places as Iran, and throughout much of the Muslim-majority world.
As observant Christians approach minority status, public figures might become more willing to highlight the plight of believers abroad.
The MP for Enfield Southgate helped to sink tax credit and Sunday Trading changes – and now has eye on the Government’s housing benefit plans for young people.
“It is unwise” he warns, and “would deepen our divisions”.
He warns peers against exceeding their role by treating the Bill like a Christmas tree, to which they want to add baubles.
Her refusal to gossip with journalists makes her serious.
The Brexit vote would seem to indicate that there is now scope for a new political party with a demonstrably different worldview from a socially Marxist one.
At the heart of her speech was not so much a new interventionism as a Church-formed moralism, a sense of public service – and a Good Samaritan Moment.
The Emmerson row is the straw on the back of this exhausted camel.
The media never understood him, and was surprised both by his successes and his failures.
A further graft from the remnants of Labour and the LibDems might be the best way of preserving the Union and providing an alternative government to the SNP.