One of the few traditional Conservatives to have served on the Tory front bench under Cameron, Paterson was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland before being promoted to the more high profile role of Secretary of State for Defra.

Candidate of the day

Owen Paterson

One day to go and Sir John Major has weighed in. “Labour divides to rule. To win votes they will turn rich against poor; north against south; worker against boss." We hope we don't wake up with them on Friday.

Hero of the day

Sir John Major

Another awful Labour woman. The fact Ed Miliband’s carved his pledges in stone doesn't mean he might not break them, campaign chief Lucy Powell has said.

Villain of the day

Lucy Powell



Back marriage. Restore grammar schools. Leave the EU.

Rev Jules Gomes

Rev Jules Gomes

The Rev'd Dr Jules Gomes is pastor of St Augustine's Church, Douglas, on the Isle of Man.
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Rev Jules Gomes: Will the Bishop of Manchester ‘come together’ by inviting Muslims to his transgender week?

Here a quack, there a quack, everywhere a quack, quack! A quack is a fake doctor. You don’t trust quacks to offer an accurate diagnosis of an ailment or a prescription for a cure. Quacks are expert at quacking. Quacks offer placebos and platitudes. When quacks take centre stage in leading the rituals of communal […]


‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: In Wonderland, Conservative means whatever the May Queen decrees

‘When I use a word,’ Theresa May said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ‘Yes,’ said Theresa May, ‘I can.’ ‘Really?’ asked Alice, with a puzzled frown. ‘Please Ma’am, […]


‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: The Church needs to demolish its wall around conservatism

We don’t need no fence erections! We don’t need no border control! Why can’t we be nice and inclusive? Hey! Trump! Leave them migrants alone! All in all we don’t want another brick in the wall. (Anthem sung by Bishops in the Church of England—with apologies to Pink Floyd) Bishops Without Borders? Why not? Doctors […]


‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: Civilisation sleeps while a Christian Holocaust takes shape

The horrors of the Holocaust haunt us 70 years after Auschwitz. The smell of incinerated Jewish flesh remains a stench in our nostrils. The Nazis had dehumanised, brutalised and cremated six million Jews. No one knew the full horrors of the gas chambers until Allied forces went in to liberate the camps and the first […]


Rev Jules Gomes: Welby should check his facts before uttering inanities

Mazel Tov, Justin Welby! You’ve done it again. I don’t mean the picture of you against the Western Wall in Jerusalem with Chief Rabbi Mirvis. Your Twitter groupies are killing themselves trying to string together 140 characters and come up with a slogan for a picture worthy of a caption competition! Okay, they have had […]


‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: Pope Francis must resist surrendering to radical Islam

Pope Francis is visiting Egypt—the world’s largest Arab country with the Arab world’s largest Christian population. Never before have the ancient Coptic Christians faced such persecution. Three weeks ago, on Palm Sunday, two bombs killed 47 worshippers. Pope Francis desperately wants to rekindle interfaith dialogue with Grand Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, head of Al-Azhar Mosque and University, […]