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: When men stop believing in God, they believe anything

‘Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.’ Rousseau’s celebrated slogan heralding the French Revolution has mutated into a new slogan heralding the final frontier of the Sexual Revolution. Babies are born genderless, but everywhere they are enslaved by the binaries of male or female genders. It is Canada, not France, where the […]


‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: Secularism has failed to save Charlie Gard

Why is the story of keeping alive one seriously sick baby dominating the news headlines? Not for one day, not even for a week, but for a full three months since a High Court Judge ruled that doctors could withdraw the life support of the terminally ill Charlie Gard. Though afflicted with a rare disorder called mitochondrial […]


Rev Jules Gomes: Church says you can choose to be gay but not to be straight

Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, is suffering from chronic insomnia. He reminds me of Eric Lederer, the perpetual insomniac in the novel The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had to. He also reminds me of Evan Michael Tanner in the novel The Thief Who Couldn’t Sleep. Tanner hasn’t slept in more than a decade since a […]


‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: Synod puts sex before the horrors of Christian persecution

General Synod is the Church of England’s highest decision-making body. It holds congress twice a year—in Westminster and in York. It is copulating (in the original Latin sense) this weekend in York. Over 400 bishops, clergy and laity will attend its sessions. Members may propose motions, ask questions, discuss positions and raise issues for debate. […]


‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: Will the gay rights lobby ban Bible reading?

Farhad Tehrani is an Iranian Muslim. He is a student at a London University, where I was Chaplain. ‘I am so grateful I can talk to you. My Imam would kill me if I told him I was attracted to other men. I feel so ashamed of my feelings for other men,’ he confides. ‘You […]


Rev Jules Gomes: The safeguarding industry has become a witch hunt

My blood ran cold the day I watched The Crucible. It was a “reality show” vividly depicting how the vindictive hysterics and histrionics of a young woman infatuated with a married man could destroy an entire community. The Crucible is a partially fictionalised portrayal of the infamous Salem witch trials that took place in the […]