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Dear Sir,

I stand accused by your correspondent, Hugh Duffy, [Letters, April 30th.] of failing to mention "the importance of Jesus and his resurrection" in my critique of The Spectator's attitude to Ireland, Leo Varadker and all things Brexit. My critique was indeed based on a sample of articles specifically on those themes, and I did not read or attempt a theological exegesis of their article on the four Gospels in this context.

Mea Culpa.

Neither do I have a problem with the Irish Government appointing Liam Halligan to some "high level" board. I simply thought it was crazy of him to accuse Leo Varadkar of "politicising the Irish border issue" when that border has been, since day 1, extremely political in nature, and indeed cannot be otherwise, once it becomes an external border between the EU and a non-member state, post Brexit.

Hugh Duffy is, of course, more than welcome to find The Spectator and its content on other issues to be of inestimable value. I do not presume to be a judge of its theological correctness or proselytising efficacy.

I do, however, have a question for him which I have found difficult to answer: The Spectator is generally seen as an extremely right wing organ of the extreme Brexiteer wing of the Tory party. Why is it that the proponents of pomp and privilege, British imperial nostalgia and anti-Irish and anti-EU sentiment, are deemed uniquely qualified to convey the Christian message?

Indeed why has Christianity today been hijacked by extreme right wing, authoritarian, misogynistic and homophobic elements? Would Christ today have been a no deal Brexiteer? Would he have spent his time ridiculing our government and its concerns for the peace process? Would he devote his time and energy to ripping up the Treaty of Rome, the basis for an unprecedented period of peace and prosperity in Europe as a whole following a period horrendous evil and slaughter?

Methinks it is Hugh Duffy who reads the Spectator with one eye...

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