Regular comment and analysis from some of our staff and associates.

  • January 24, 2011

    The aim of the recent Scotland Bill, says Simon Barrow, is to please the growing number of Scots who favour more powers for their own parliament, while simultaneously clawing back a large sum of money from the Westminster block grant and...

  • January 24, 2011

    There has been quite a bit of nonsense talked about AV giving people “more than one vote” (eg votes being counted "five or six times") or “treating voters unequally...

  • January 22, 2011

    Overall, established Church of England leaders – in contrast to those of some other churches – have been only mildly critical of a government introducing some of the harshest economic and social policies in recent decades, says Savi Hensman....

  • January 21, 2011

    It seems that if you were a member of Tony Blair's cabinet, you had to read the newspapers to find out what your own policy was. Blair was asked at the Chilcot Inquiry this morning (21 January) whether the cabinet realised in 2002 that things...

  • January 21, 2011

    David Cameron's warm words about co-opting churches into plugging the gaps in social provision resulting from his administration's antipathy to the state and the services it provides, have recently taken something of a knock from his own MPs in...

  • January 19, 2011

    Seventeen miles outside the Mozambique capital of Maputo sprawls the Mozal aluminium smelter - a huge industrial complex that cuts into the red earth and scrub woodland of the Boane district.

  • January 19, 2011

    What hasn’t been often highlighted so far in the debate about the Alternative Vote (AV), is that many groups working on behalf of some of the most vulnerable and disempowered people are backing the Al

  • January 18, 2011

    As outlined in the previous post, AV would enable people to vote ‘with their heart as well as their head’.

  • January 17, 2011

    Casting a vote is a way of registering and publicly demonstrating support for a candidate or a political perspective which we want to endorse. It is an act of ‘witness’ to what we believe is right or at least best. But it is one which is made...

  • January 17, 2011

    The referendum on whether we should use the Alternative Vote (AV) system to elect MPs to the House of Commons, offers us a small but significant change which could make a big difference.

    The arguments over AV have often centred on...

  • January 14, 2011

    Around 280,000 refugees and asylum seekers are living in social housing at present says Annabel Taylor. Cuts in the budget for social housing may spark a second exodus.

  • January 13, 2011

    I had a couple of spare minutes so I thought I would just do a quick response to John Hayward of the Jubilee Centre in Cambridge who has

  • January 11, 2011

    If we are fixated upon privilege or special treatment, we will miss the Gospel message that transformational relationships are at the heart of the faith of Jesus, says Jill Segger

  • January 11, 2011

    Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell argues that freedom of speech includes the right of people to say things that offend both him and others.

  • January 8, 2011

    As I have observed in previous articles arising from my 2011 Ghana trip, economic and political life here is comparatively stable and prosperous, and there has been substantial growth over the past decade - but how benefits are assessed very much...

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