Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is to shortly take up a teaching role at Yale University. Teaching in the University’s School of Management and Divinity, Blair is to lecture on ‘faith and globalisation’.

At the time of the appointment, Yale’s President Richard Levin said:

The appointment of Mr Blair provides a tremendous opportunity for our students and our community. As the world continues to become increasingly interdependent, it is essential that we explore how religious values can be channelled toward reconciliation rather than polarisation.

Mr Blair has demonstrated outstanding leadership in these areas and is especially qualified to bring his perspective to bear. We are honoured that he is planning to join the Yale community.

Yale’s hierarchy were obviously attracted to Britain’s most famous Catholic and inter-faith all-rounder by the quality of his insight and informed analysis as well as his ability to be provide clarity to a given argument in an understated way.

To highlight this skill, on his appearance last week on the US ‘Daily Show’, it’s host Jon Stewart asked Mr Blair about whether he thought the invasion of Iraq was misjudged. Blair replied:

When you go back and you look at the situation at the time and the bloodshed that there’s been and the difficulty, I would have been shocked

Really…??? Guess nobody told you that at the time did they…???

Let’s hope our Tony uses the same clarity of thought to explain ‘faith and globalisation’ to his eager students at Yale. Listening to the master of the understatement, what might they expect…???

Beyond the fact that faith is global, on this evidence I suspect very little else.

Well worth the money even if I say so myself. God bless you Tony…!!!

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