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Reading the unusually moving Parliamentary debate on 20th April 2016 where the House of Commons unanimously voted, 278 to 0, to declare “Daesh” or Islamic State’s actions in Iraq and Syria against the Yazidi, Christians and others genocide. Shame on the Foreign Office that sought to direct ministers to abstain. Shame on those MPs not there. Well done, Fiona Bruce MP for Congleton, for leading the debate. Link to...

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Universities are amongst the few places where there is freedom to flourish as people, where creative ideas drive society forward, where free debate leads to the discovery of truth… Imagine a world without academic freedom … We would be back in the Dark Ages. Christians should speak up for freedom of speech – whilst they can! See further “Uni free speech threatened by ‘anti – terror’ plans – top QC” The...

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Faced with growing illiberalism towards the Christian Church, Dr Stephen Copp argues that it is time for the Church to jettison its implicit support for the three main political parties. Correspondingly, the Church should abandon its equally implicit expectation that the coercive powers of the state will be used to do its job for it in social and moral matters. Instead, the Church should promote freedom and limited government and show...

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(A blog first published on Bournemouth University’s web-site13.2.09)       Lord Turner, the Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, recently delivered a very thoughtful lecture (see The financial crisis and the future of financial regulation – The Economist’s Inaugural City Lecture, 21 January 2009). In it he analysed the causes of the financial crisi s or credit crunch as the media have termed it. Nicely, he likens the...

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A New and Subversive Phenomenon


Posted on Jan 29, 2009

(A blog first published on Bournemouth University’s web-site 29.1.09) Visiting any of our high streets these days (in most provincial cities anyway) is a depressing experience. Deserted empty shops closed as a consequence of the multi-million debts run up by their owners. In others the sad air of uniformity that one might have expected visiting a Soviet GUM in the 1950’s. I often turn into Primark as it at least has the cheerful...

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(A blog first published on Bournemouth University’s web-site 2.10.08) Idolatry has a tough time in Rowan Williams’ article in The Spectator this week (“Face It: Marx Was Partly Right About Capitalism”, 24th September 2008), so  much so that one feels tempted to come to the defense of idols since they clearly have no voice of their own. Markets are condemned as a mere “abstraction”. Dark references are...

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