Friday, August 17, 2007

Lord Deedes 1913 – 2007

Communicants and readers must excuse His Grace for a while as he mourns the passing of his long-time friend, Bill Deedes. His contribution both to journalism and politics was profound, indeed, he might rightly be recognised as one of the original Compassionate Conservatives of the 20th century. As Charles Moore observes: 'He believed that God commanded the fortunate to help the unfortunate, and he discharged this duty cheerfully'. He was a committed Roman Catholic, a faith which grounded his politics and informed his journalism, and it was a subject he discussed with His Grace at very great length on a number of occasions. His Grace shall remember these politico-theological discussions with very great fondness.

The world has dimmed with his passing. As His Grace mourns privately, and (if truth be told) sheds a tear, he asks Communicants to bear with him.

It would, however, be remiss of His Grace to leave his beloved flock with nothing as he indulges his grief, so here is what the Noble Lord recently had to say about Islam.


Anonymous bob said...

He was always a favourite to read in the Telegraph. May he rest in peace.

18 August 2007 at 00:35  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

My thoughts are with you.

18 August 2007 at 00:51  
Blogger Philip Andrews said...

Your Grace, I couldn't agree more with your comments - a good and great man, who didn't take himself too seriously, a quality lacking in many journalists and politicians today. I enjoyed reading his column and shall miss him. With Snufflepagus, my thoughts and prayers are with you, his other friends and his family. May he rest in peace.

18 August 2007 at 11:36  
Blogger Tim Footman said...

Wasn't he a High Anglican?

18 August 2007 at 16:14  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Whenever we read Scoop we can think of Bill Deedes

18 August 2007 at 22:27  
Blogger Cato, author of said...

My daily Daily Telegraph read will not be the same without him. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

18 August 2007 at 22:40  

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