More politics (stop reading now Bagman) as the issue of ‘faith schools’ came up again. Interesting language from Blair today as he said:
The prime minister said axing Muslim schools would mean ending Catholic, Jewish and Protestant schools too.
“Realpolitik” would prevent such a move, said Mr Blair.
Hardly a strong defence of them then. After all, ‘realpolitik’ prevents us from abolishing nasty people or crime, but that doesn’t mean it’s not something we’d like to do.
Why are ‘faith schools’ bad? Because it’s wrong to base a school around a particular ideology – imagine if we introduced ‘Labour’ schools or ‘Vote Eugene’ schools. You’d have thought that a divine, unwavering belief in a supreme power would be able to survive a few hours a day of not being lectured on why that particular supreme power is really really cool.
However, I’ll go along with the spirit of ‘realpolitik’ and respectfully respect a school to support my faith in the Invisible Pink Unicorn (Blessed Be Her Holy Hooves). What do you mean I’m in a small minority? What – like Jesus against all those Romans? OK OK, fair point. In that case – let’s have a Jedi Knight faith school. (Fourth largest reported religion in the country I’ll have you know.)