Fabian Fatwa

Propeller-Head Wonk Watch: The Fabian Society was in its early days a band of elitist left-wing eugenecists who advocated sterilising the working classes for their own good, but things have moved on. Now they are a bunch of elitist middle-class do-gooders who advocate policies for the under-classes’ own good.

They have policy for every class and the latest one is for the upper class, namely our future King Charles. “Religion and the British state: a new settlement” advocates a coronation ceremony which symbolises Britain as a multi-faith society in all its colour and flummery, reflecting Prince Charles’ wish to be regarded as a ‘defender of faith’.

It goes on to recommend repeal of the blasphemy laws – so up yours Allah! And bugger off Buddha, shine on Reverend Moon etc… Hmm not sure about this.

It has some sensible ideas about treating faiths equally and ending the anti-Catholic bigotry that is enshrined in British law – in particular the ban on the head-of-state marrying a Catholic / my daughter. Its pretty short and written by Sunder Katawala – a wonk/journalist with a knack for tackling topical issues, not necessarily deeply, but always with an eye on getting press coverage. Read it here – its short.

Tip offs: 0709 284 0531

Quote of the Day

John McDonnell tells the Gallery/Lobby lunch what the priest told him to do…

‘He persuaded me to do this. He said you need to soften your image. So do Mumsnet and do this…. I’m trying to soften my image.’


Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.
Downing Street to Gary Gibbon Downing Street to Gary Gibbon