Dr Giles Fraser, the self-appointed National Spokesman for Right-on Christians, has dismissed Lord Carey as a Thatcherite "yesterday's man" and "a one-man band" for supporting the Government's welfare reforms. It's an unpleasant attack – another one carried by the New Statesman. The former Archbishop of Canterbury said that the welfare state has rewarded “fecklessness and irresponsibility”, a fact which most Britons agree with. So Fraser instructs him: "George, do us all a favour – take up golf." (He's old and retired – gedditt?!?!?)
This represents "a slightly creepy attempt to please his audience at
the expense of a monumentally disrespectful and personal attack on
another clergyman," says Daniel Finkelstein at the Times.
I agree: and it's incredibly badly judged. What is going on here? Is
Giles Fraser trying to impress his new mates at The Guardian, where he's
been given a job as a leader-writer? Read more