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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‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: The welfare state has a lot to answer for

I met my first Westerner in Mumbai. She was sobbing uncontrollably. Aunt Sonja, a white Canadian married to my uncle Alex, was visiting India for the first time. From the moment she left the airport, packs of street urchins hounded her, begging. Aunt Sonja was a devout Christian. She was heartbroken when she saw children begging for bread or a few rupees; […]


‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: Christ’s resurrection was a miracle not fake news

What’s the best gift you can give someone you love this Easter? Certainly not Easter eggs! You might offend the National Trust, Cadburys, Tim Farron and people of other faiths. How about giving your loved ones an Automatic Crap Detector (ACD) for Easter? ACD is software that sniffs out the daily diet of fake news […]


‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: Welby’s hero Keynes lost nearly everything in the 1929 crash

Dethroning Mammon is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2017. It should be renamed Dethroning Liberty, Free Enterprise and Economic Freedom. The book is subtitled Making Money Serve Grace. A more apt subtitle would read Enthroning Big Government, State Interventionism, and the Welfare State. During these forty days of Lent, Justin Portal Welby has […]


‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: Catholics are wrong to cite the Bible as opposing the death penalty

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is staging an ethical coup against President Rodrigo Duterte. They have detonated a bomb aimed at Duterte’s policy of reinstating the death penalty. The bomb is the Bible. It is a bomb because its text without context is pretext and can be used to justify almost anything. […]


Rev Jules Gomes: Welby Sahib’s post-colonial guilt patronises me because of my skin colour

I’m furious! I’m furious! Just because my skin has a higher percentage of melanin than my fellow-British Christian brothers and sisters, the Church of England has decided that I need a special bishop who will ‘reach out’ to me. The Diocese of Leicester has petitioned the Queen for permission to create a new suffragan bishop […]


‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: Hashtags and teddy bears will not quell radical Islam

The therapeutic rituals of communal grief cannot triumph over terrorism. The post-Princess Diana cult of conspicuous compassion will not defeat radical Islam. Rather, it will only serve to anaesthetise further a culture steeped in snowflake sentimentality. Just hours after Khalid Masood turned his Hyundai into a Panzer, mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, and then […]