There's a common thread going round the interwebs at the moment, in relation to the sudden upsurge of right-wing populism we've seen in Brexit, Trump and the possibility of a Le Pen presidency in France. That thread says that it's mostly the fault of the left, ignoring the concerns of ordinary working people by insisting … Continue reading The real reason populism is winning…
Yes, it's another one of those anti-UKIP blog posts telling you all the same stuff again. No doubt it'll either be ignored (written, as it is, on a blog which has fewer readers than the Lib Dems now have voters), ridiculed or the subject of a police complaint. I want to start with a … Continue reading Please don’t vote UKIP
I have recently been asked to explain who I am voting for in the UK general election in May and why, particularly within the context of my Christian faith. It was an interesting excercise to undertake, especially following a tweet I saw recently bemoaning how some Christians appear to talk more passionately about their political … Continue reading Reconciling faith and politics
It's spring conference season in the UK. A conference season with the added spice that we are only a couple of months away from a general election which appears to be the most open in living memory, if not of all time. The traditional two party system is under threat by insurgents from both left … Continue reading Enough is enough – Why I think the Green Surge is happening
Today the Church of England's House of Bishops will release a letter which calls on Christians to become more engaged in the political process in the run up to May's General Election. (Update: The letter has now been published and can be read in full here.) The bishops will call specifically for debates on nuclear … Continue reading Show up and stand up
The UK Parliament is currently debating the Local Authority (Religious etc. Observances) Bill. It was introduced as a Private Members Bill by the Conservative MP Jake Berry, who recently said that it provided "freedom to pray and to hold prayers at the start of council meetings, should that local authority wish to do so." at … Continue reading Why I agree with the National Secular Society, for once
The picture above has appeared on my Facebook timeline a lot over the past couple of years. It is always there because a friend of mine has Iiked it meaning, by extension, that they agree with the idea of automatic drug testing for welfare claimants. Now, I'll start by saying that I have a deal … Continue reading Testing times?