A couple of weeks ago I was in a conversation with a BBC producer discussing faith schools and their admissions policies. We talked about the possibility of my appearance on BBC1’s Sunday Morning Live to debate the subject. In the end it didn’t… Read More ›
In our pursuit of justice for the poor we need to avoid the politics of jealousy and envy
Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their… Read More ›
George Osborne’s brave new world will need the Church to survive
This Monday was supposedly ‘Blue Monday’, allegedly the most depressing day of the year. The science behind it is dubious at best, especially given that it was cooked up by a travel company. Nevertheless, the start of January has very… Read More ›
The devastating consequences of exploitative Payday lending and the Christian response
Personal debt and payday loans companies have once again filled the pages of the papers this week. These are rapidly becoming two of the defining issues of this time of austerity that our country is going through. The latest report… Read More ›
Has Justin Welby become the nation’s conscience personified?
The Archbishop of Canterbury isn’t exactly struggling to get the press to notice him at the moment. Of course it always helps to have a royal christening to preside over to gain a decent amount of media exposure. There’s nothing… Read More ›
What Amazon, Google and Starbucks teach us about morality
It really wasn’t very surprising to see the levels of anger vented towards Amazon, Google and Starbucks earlier this week regarding the minuscule amounts of tax they each pay into the UK’s coffers compared to their revenues. It’s not new news for… Read More ›
Was yesterday’s demonstration at St Paul’s a valid protest or just a stunt?
I’m still trying to get my head around exactly what happened at St Paul’s yesterday. Firstly there was a protest by anti-capitalist group, Christianity Uncut which took the form of unfurling a large banner on the steps of the cathedral declaring… Read More ›
This week’s news and links: Who wants to keep Sunday special?
So here we are in the middle of the eight week suspension of the Sunday trading laws which will continue until the end of the Paralympics on the 9th of September. As most of us probably expected, having dropped them… Read More ›
Majority of British adults say tax avoidance is ‘morally wrong’
Press release from Christian Aid: New research has revealed that 56% of British adults believe that tax avoidance by multinational companies (MNCs), while a technically legal way of reducing what they owe the taxman, is morally wrong, and half of… Read More ›
Budget Response: Are we a nation of moaners?
I’ve been paying close attention to the radio, television, papers and Twitter since George Osborne’s budget came out on Wednesday to see what the reaction has been like. As you would expect there has been plenty written and said about it… Read More ›