Peter Thomson, who has died aged 73 of emphysema, was a “doer”, a minister of the Anglican church of Australia with a very grounded view of religion. He had a talent for reading people like a book. For him, solving practical problems and making a difference to people’s daily lives were a part of Christianity that talked about the word becoming flesh.
This was the aim he pursued through his life in Australia, and for two periods in Britain, where he had a significant influence on Tony Blair. These came first when Blair was a student at Oxford – spellbound from their first encounter, according to his biographer John Rentoul – and later, when Blair was preparing to become the new Labour prime minister. Read full article in the Guardian.