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Posted at 9:06am Wednesday 26th September 2007
wHatever bishops may become involved in on the national scene they are first and foremost ‘local’.
Posted at 9:26am Wednesday 1st August 2007
I CAN only hope that between my writing this and its appearing in print the rain will cease and the floodwaters will continue to recede.
Posted at 10:23am Wednesday 4th July 2007
So children are no longer to have just a minister: they are to be a brand new department of their own, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, headed by Ed Balls, who is, we are told, one of the Prime Minister’s most trusted advisers.
Posted at 8:43am Wednesday 6th June 2007
As we wait for our new Prime Minister to take office there is bound to be much debate about how ‘new’ Gordon Brown can be when he has in fact been at the heart of decision-making over the past 10 years.
Posted at 9:05am Wednesday 23rd May 2007
Next Sunday is observed in the Christian Calendar as Whitsunday or Pentecost. Along with Easter and Christmas, it is one of the great high days of the Christian year – though now the Whit Monday bank holiday is spring bank holiday and always comes in the half term week at the end of May, it tends to pass society by.
Posted at 9:14am Wednesday 9th May 2007
Getting on television used to be a source of pride and excitement, but now it seems we are all constantly on television, and are neither disturbed nor excited, though we do feel more secure as a result.
Posted at 8:28am Wednesday 25th April 2007
Is it religious people or people with no religious attachment who are most discriminated against in our society? A recent House of Lords debate provided an opportunity for humanist and atheist members to voice their grievances, their sense that in society at the present time it is the religious groups who are finding a voice, organising, and therefore getting preferential treatment, while those of no religion are left out.
Posted at 8:40am Wednesday 11th April 2007
The charge of hypocrisy often gets levelled at the church, and those who wear their convictions publicly must expect that.
Posted at 9:17am Wednesday 28th March 2007
It took a long time to get people interested, but my sense is that the 200th anniversary of the passing into law of the Act to end the slave trade in the British Empire has in fact been celebrated, has jogged a few consciences, and, hopefully, got us all thinking again about what it is to be free.
Posted at 9:02am Wednesday 14th March 2007
The Government is consulting at the moment on the UK’s ban on convicted prisoners voting while they are in prison. This follows a demand from the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, which said this is an unacceptable erosion of democracy.
Posted at 8:32am Wednesday 28th February 2007
AT the heart of a religious faith is the conviction that in the end there will be no hiding place. In an ancient Christian prayer, still often used at the beginning of worship, God is described as the one to whom all hearts are open and all desires are known, and from whom no secrets are hidden.
Posted at 9:02am Wednesday 14th February 2007
The current and long-running inquiry into loans for honours has such huge political significance for the Government that we await each day for news of arrests or interviews under caution, and watch as the trail gets closer to the Prime Minister himself – or does not.
Posted at 9:49am Wednesday 31st January 2007
The debate about the Equality Act regulations, and the interventions of the Archbishop of Westminster and then the Archbishops of Canterbury and York should concern us all, whatever the outcome on the particular issue, because it concerns something basic to our life in society.
Posted at 9:02am Wednesday 17th January 2007
I don’t approve of executions, for any reason, in any place, or at any time. It follows that I don’t approve of public – or semi-public – executions that afford opportunities for making the death of a person, whatever they have done, into a spectacle.
Posted at 9:08am Wednesday 3rd January 2007
THIS looks like being the year when a decision is finally made about the replacement of Trident. Yet there is not much debate, not much excitement, no commotion on the streets.
Posted at 10:41am Wednesday 20th December 2006
If you want to believe there has been a conspiracy, your belief will be very hard to dislodge. The lesson of the report into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, confirms that truth.