I have to say, I lost a LOT of respect for Labour under Tony Blair. Doesn't matter which side of the political divide you consider yourself on, in the interests of true choice and distinction between parties, it is absolutely crucial that each party remains 'true' to it's original values.

Blair and his ilk, they did not do this, shamefully selling out, and rebranding the party as a version of the Tories, imo.

Perhaps there is some hope for the future of the party, with Ed Milliband having been elected as their leader.

For a start, he doesn't believe in a magic fairy in the sky, and, let's be honest, that can only be a good thing, given that anyone who suffers from such a delusion, can only, by definition, be somewhat unstable.

Let's replace the word 'god' here with the term 'Flying Spaghetti Monster'.

Now, you would absolutely laugh at any potential leader who declared that they believed in the FSM, wouldn't you?

You would be right to laugh, for it would be laughable, and it would be absolutely dangerous to put someone who pledge a covenant with the FSM, into power.

So, today, I read this article, and I take some heart from that which is written.

Sadly, he stopped short of saying exactly what I would have liked him to have the guts to say, but, I won't hold that against him, since, to an extent, he has to play the game a little, doesn't he..

JN

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The Labour leader's atheism puts him in stark contrast to his predecessors Tony Blair and Gordon Brown

Mr Miliband had previously said his religious views were a ''private matter'', and his declaration means two of the three leaders of major British political parties are self-proclaimed atheists.

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, also confirmed he does not believe shortly after being named Liberal Democrat leader, while David Cameron last year said religious faith was ''part of who I am'' but admitted he did not go to church regularly.


The Labour leader's atheism puts him in stark contrast to his predecessors Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, for whom religion was a central part of their lives.
In an interview on Radio 5 Live, Mr Miliband was asked by presenter Nicky Campbell: ''Do you believe in God?''

The Labour leader replied: ''I don't believe in God personally, but I have great respect for those people who do.

''Different people have different religious views in this country. The great thing is that, whether we have faith or not, we are by and large very tolerant of people whatever their view.''

Mr Miliband and brother David are of Jewish descent, but religion did not play a large part in their upbringing by their Marxist father Ralph Miliband.

David has said publicly he is an atheist, and was the target of some criticism for sending his son to a Church of England school.

Ed said he believed most faith schools did a ''fantastic'' job in educating children, but added he thought it best for children of different backgrounds to be educated together.

''I'm not going to slag off faith schools,'' he said. ''I think it is important for people of different backgrounds and faith groups to go to school together. Many faith schools do that.''

Despite spin doctor Alastair Campbell's famous comment to reporters that ''we don't do God'', Mr Blair has confirmed since leaving power that his religious faith was ''hugely important'' to his premiership. He said he did not speak publicly about his belief while in office out of fear voters would think him a ''nutter''. (It's okay, Tony, I personally thought you were, anyway..)

Since leaving Downing Street, he has converted to Roman Catholicism, and in his recent memoir, A Journey, he wrote: ''I have always been more interested in religion than politics.'' (should have became a Priest then, Mr Blair?)

While more private about his personal religious beliefs, Mr Brown left no doubt of the importance of his father's work as a Church of Scotland minister in shaping his view of life and his political values.

Ed Miliband: I don't believe in God - Telegraph