Did you hear the one about the Archbishop and the journalist? No? Well it goes like this…
Alastair Campbell may be infamous for claiming that Blair didn’t “do” God, but Jeremy Paxman seems to have come close to a similarly reductive statement last night, when he claimed that Newsnight didn’t “do” original sin.
The suggestion came out during a discussion involving the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, playwright and author David Hare, and historian Simon Sebag-Montefiore, on the ideological and cultural impact of the credit crunch. For those of you who missed it:
Williams: Why exactly were we seduced by this [an unlimited sense of economic growth]?
Paxman: Well nobody’s got an answer to that yet, have they?
Williams: Well, I could say original sin, which is a good start, but I’d need to spell that out a bit further…
Paxman: I don’t