March 31, 2009
Gordon Brown today made an overtly religious call for a new world order based on the ‘deep moral sense’ shared by all faiths.
[efoods]Making the first speech by a serving Prime Minister at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Mr Brown quoted from scripture as he said people could come together to forge a new ‘global society’.
The world economy and society should be rebuilt around a Zulu word for hope – themba – which also stands for ‘there must be an alternative’, the Prime Minister suggested.
It was an extraordinary break from his predecessor Tony Blair, whose spin doctor Alastair Campbell, famously declared that ‘we don’t do God’.
At Westminster it was also seen as high risk for a Government mired in allegations of sleaze to put morality and faith at the centre of its political and economic message.