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Planning land warfare - in the Church of England's HQ

Planning land warfare - in the Church of England's HQ

Where will a group of generals and arms dealers gather tomorrow (24 June) to discuss the future of land warfare? A military camp? The Ministry of Defence? An underground bunker? No, it's the headquarters of the Church of England.

Where do 'British values' come from?

Where do 'British values' come from?

Schools in which pupils are taught to follow the same values as the government are usually associated with totalitarian regimes. This has not stopped Michael Gove and David Cameron from saying that 'British values' should be taught in all British schools.

Are disabled people now expected to rely on charity from arms dealers?

Are disabled people now expected to rely on charity from arms dealers?

The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Berkshire has recently been given £2 billion by the UK government to construct new facilities. The AWE has just donated £1,200 to local disability charities in Basingstoke.

Mainstream parties have been defeated by the monster they created

Mainstream parties have been defeated by the monster they created

Nigel Farage's smug grin is all over the media this morning. But the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have been defeated by a monster of their own creation.

Challenging the arms trade on its home turf

Challenging the arms trade on its home turf

This evening, I’ll be speaking about the arms trade on the edge of Farnborough – the home town of the multinational arms company BAE Systems.

British Baptists take a step forward on sexuality - but need to go a lot further

British Baptists take a step forward on sexuality - but need to go a lot further

Ministers in the Baptist Union of Great Britain who bless same-sex partnerships will no longer be disciplined for doing so if they have the support of their local church. I think this is brilliant news.

White Feather Diaries: remembering those who resisted the First World War

White Feather Diaries: remembering those who resisted the First World War

Yesterday saw the formal launch of the White Feather Diaries, a social media project exploring the lives of British pacifists during the first world war. The project's run by Quakers in Britain, who hired me as a writer and an editor for the project. I'm really pleased to be working on this project. Yesterday we announced the names of the five individuals whose writings will form the basis of the project, when it goes online in the summer.

Arrested for quoting Churchill?

If you believe the Daily Mail, then a European election candidate has been arrested “for quoting Winston Churchill”.

UKIP takes "out of context" defence to breaking point

UKIP takes "out of context" defence to breaking point

People who defend themselves by saying “My words were taken out of context” sometimes have a good point. It is possible to misrepresent someone, either deliberately or accidentally, by quoting their words out of context. However, a UKIP candidate in Portsmouth has stretched this defence to breaking point. He has also attempted some creative redefinitions of common English words.

David Cameron talks about faith, Easter, churches and poverty

David Cameron talks about faith, Easter, churches and poverty

David Cameron has spoken this week of his Christian faith and has gone on to make claims at Easter about a 'Christian country'. His sincerity has been widely questioned on Twitter, but it's not for me to judge him. God can see into Cameron's heart but I can't. However, the Prime Minister and I have very different understandings of Christianity.