Winston Churchill knew that there comes a time in any military campaign when playing safe and exhibiting caution simply won’t work.

This is why, he later confided, he’d lost confidence in General Claude Auchinleck, the man in charge of the North Africa campaign in 1942: to rout Rommel, only all-out aggression would do. So Churchill replaced Auchinleck with Montgomery and beat the Germans.

I fear that the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, is a bit of an Auchinleck. His latest speech is a softly-softly approach to the battle for hearts and minds that rages today, pitting believers against secularists. Please allow people of faith a voice in the national debate, “Vin” (as friends call the Archbishop) bleated. Please don’t marginalise us, or crush us underfoot.

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