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From Thatcher to Corbyn, why are politicians so fond of the Good Samaritan parable?

Despite their sometimes strange interpretations, we should welcome the use of the story—on both sides of the aisle

By Nick Spencer  

A stained glass window depicts Christ as the Good Samaritan. But why are politicians so keen on the parable? Photo: Wikimedia/St Henry, Ohio

There’s not much that unites Jeremy Corbyn and Margaret Thatcher. Beyond the fact that neither was expected to lead their party, it is hard to see what the hard left, national-anthem-dodging, vegetarian, teetotaller has in common with the hard right, free-market-fundamentalist, patriotic carnivore.

But there is one more thing. In spite of their religious differences—Corbyn, who says his faith is a “private matter,” has little in…

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