Jonathan Bartley's blog

The constituency and its member

A short blog, as I am recovering from an arm operation, but just found it rather amusing to hear a bishop appointed to Parliament by an external, undemocratic institution ask a question about the importance of voting in elections.

Opportunities in the public spending squeeze: conflict prevention

Ekklesia attends (when time allows) the All Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues (APPGCI) as part of our work in this area.

Future of FA anti-homophobia campaign in doubt

It was sad to hear that the Football Association has cancelled this week's launch of its long awaited anti-homophobia video, saying it needs to review its strategy on tackling anti-gay prejudice and how the video fits into its overall campaign.

Did you hear the one about John Terry and the Archbishop?

I had an interesting exchange on Twitter yesterday with, amongst others, Ruth Gledhill from The Times.

Vedanta: Why did it take the C of E so long, and what now for its mining portfoilio?

Although welcome, the sale of the Church of England's shares in mining company Vedanta, announced yesterday, was long overdue. There are two clear questions that emerge from this.

Time for the Church to invest in carbon neutral property

I see that the Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, spoke in the Lords yesterday (Feb 2).

Most bishops are nice people

I have been reflecting on a debate I took part in last week at the House of Commons, on whether it is time to get rid of bishops from the House of Lords.

Church and the BNP: Addressing the symptoms, not the illness

Bishops may have sealed their fate with Equality Bill vote

When I worked in the House of Commons there was a joke that used to be told during the obligatory tours for family and friends around the Palace of Westminster.

Equality Bill addresses discrimination against Christians

Ekklesia Associate Sarah Hill is quoted in the Guardian