Blogs

  • 20 Apr 2014

    In Holy Week, as the Prime Minister grew ever more vocal about his personal faith and the importance of Christian values, the Daily Express brought us the glad tidings that the PM’s colleague Iain Duncan Smith is ‘Winning the War on Benefits’. That’s a war on financial assistance to people who are old, sick, disabled, unemployed or working but paid too little to make ends meet.

  • 18 Apr 2014

    During Holy Week, the church remembers the final days of Jesus' life and ministry. But we often forget how he got the religious authorities so angry to begin with.

  • 18 Apr 2014

    Two friends of Ekklesia will be appearing on BBC Radio Scotland at 8.05am on Easter Sunday morning (20 April 2014), in a programme intriguingly entitled 'Bayonets and Green Blades'.

  • 18 Apr 2014

    Those of us whose trade is words do well to remember the relative value of a picture and a thousand words. The front page of the Guardian yesterday (17 April 2014) presented an unforgettable instance of the power this adage can carry.

  • 17 Apr 2014

    The University and College Union (UCU) in Scotland has responded to the report by Rashida Manjoo, a United Nations human rights expert and rapporteur, who says Britain's sexist culture is more 'pervasive' and 'in your face' than any other country she has visited, by getting the backing of unions across Scotland for action on campuses.

  • 17 Apr 2014

    Yesterday (16 April 2014) I moved the unanimously accepted composite motion on the UK Government’s Lobbying Act at the STUC congress in Dundee.

  • 16 Apr 2014

    So Easter is upon us. But the darkness of Good Friday has to be endured before the time of waiting and the anticipation of resurrection. This is always the Christian story. The ashes and the glory go together - a thought which makes looking back on where we have come from this Lenten season an important part of the continuing journey forward.

  • 15 Apr 2014

    The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), meeting in Dundee from 14-16 April 2014), has passed an extensive motion on welfare reform and the effects of poverty in the UK.

  • 14 Apr 2014

    When the Soviet Union collapsed a small group of people suddenly became extremely rich. They acquired huge State industries at ridiculously low prices. The people referred to this process as "prikhvatizatsiya," or "grabification."

  • 14 Apr 2014

    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.