Blogs

  • 25 May 2015

    "Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate" (Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.) The words Dante places over the gates of hell are terrifying. And to turn that cause and effect around is to remind ourselves of the devastation wrought in lives where hope has gone.

  • 24 May 2015

    Few people can have a more difficult start in life than those who were taken into care as children. Removed from their families, they may at a very young age have experienced terrible sadness and distress.

  • 21 May 2015

    Yesterday evening I went out canvassing for a Yes vote with my friend Stephen Cooper-Fair in Killala. He had been out canvassing all last week and was feeling a little delicate from facing all those No voters. I agreed but really, I hadn't a clue what he was talking about. It's a referendum. People are entitled to their opinion right?

  • 19 May 2015

    A Northern Ireland court found Ashers Baking Company guilty of discrimination after it refused to bake a cake calling for same-sex couples to be allowed to marry. But the news is not necessarily as good as it might seem for those wanting full inclusion.

  • 18 May 2015

    On 23 April, the 100th anniversary of the day marked as the beginning of the Armenian genocide, Ekklesia and Harecourt United Reformed Church co-hosted an important discussion on the subject.

  • 18 May 2015

    In Kafka’s The Castle, officials from the 'castle' go to extraordinary lengths to conceal their presence in the village, where those who rely on their administration live. Meetings with petitioners are held in the middle of the night, and so sensitive are the officials to the possibility of being confronted by a villager that they hide in their rooms at the village’s inn until the right moment to dash out to their carriage and depart.

  • 18 May 2015

    Just Festivals have joined forces with Swiss Church, St Giles In The Fields, St George’s Bloomsbury and Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church to host Just Festival On The Edge from 20 to 25 May 2015.

  • 18 May 2015

    Less than 48 hours after the election of the Tory government, thousands took to the streets in a spontaneous demonstration that ended up at the Conservative Party HQ. They were kettled and attacked by the police.

  • 17 May 2015

    In the last Parliament, people with disabilities who challenged government cuts were labelled extremists. Political opposition was weakened by a fear of being seen as on the side of ‘scroungers’. But with more cuts coming, perhaps that is about to change. As more and more lives are affected, awareness of just how bad these policies are is growing.

  • 14 May 2015

    The prevailing fiction of our times is that the private sector is better at running things than the public sector. This has been the ideology we’ve lived under since Margaret Thatcher. And despite evidence to the contrary, politicians in Labour, Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats all seem wedded to it.