Tag Archives: human rights

The politics of identity

In his book, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, the left-wing author Owen Jones says: “Of course, the struggles for the emancipation of women, gays, and ethnic minorities are exceptionally important causes. New Labour has co-opted them, passing genuinely … Continue reading

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An act of renewal

Question: What does the United Kingdom have in common with Saudi Arabia? Answer: The UK, as with Saudi Arabia, does not have a written constitution. These two countries are to be numbered amongst the very few countries in the world … Continue reading

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Facing the challenges of the modern world

As this article is being written, the British House of Commons is debating the matter of whether or not the UK should join with other nations in bombing the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) in Syria. The debate has been called … Continue reading

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As time goes by

The present UK Conservative government has just registered its first 100 days of government in the new parliament. Whilst much of the political attention during that time has been devoted to the ongoing saga of the Labour Party’s leadership battle, … Continue reading

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A strange glimmer of hope

(The first in a series of three articles focusing on aspects of contemporary religion) Recently, I was captivated by reading the comments of someone who had re-read George Eliot’s Middlemarch: “But in revisiting Middlemarch in middle age, the melancholy I … Continue reading

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These are the days of our lives

I am writing this on 26 January, 2015. Australians worldwide celebrate this day as “Australia Day” – the official national day of Australia.  Twelve months ago, in an article called “A day for all” (see 29 January, 2014),  I wrote … Continue reading

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Ironies abound

The dust now seems to have settled on the result of the Scottish referendum on independence from the UK. For the time being, at least, Scotland will remain as part of the union. As to be expected, Elizabeth Windsor, Head … Continue reading

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