The Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Unlike many who now pollute the Upper Chamber with their presence and corrupt it with their carping, this honour is richly deserved.
It is not simply that the man is decent, upright, honest and noble; he is a scholar - an intellectual giant and a theological inspiration of considerable religio-political insight.
And God knows we need politicians who understand the interface between religion and politics.
Lord Sacks follows in the footsteps of his predecessor, Lord Jakobovits, and will sit as a cross bencher, offering a voice of considerable gravity on issues of faith and morals.
The Chief Rabbi’s Office has been keen to make it clear that the appointment was made by the Lords Appointment Commission, an advisory body set up by the Prime Minister to make recommendations for non-party-political peerages, rather than by Gordon Brown himself.
One perfectly understands why.