Commentary

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

  • June 1, 2011

    Changes in the UK welfare benefit system are having devastating effects on the mental health of thousands of people, charities and a senior psychiatrist have warned. In a letter to the Guardian (...

  • May 31, 2011

    BBC One is hosting a live debate tonight about poverty and other social issues arising from its lively 'observational documentary' series, The Scheme, which looks at "the dramatic and often emotional highs and lows of daily life for six...

  • May 31, 2011

    The media this morning (31 May) are very excited about a survey showing that nearly two-thirds of people aged 20 to 45 in the UK expect never to own their own home. Most of the coverage did not even mention that the survey also revealed that...

  • May 30, 2011

    Point-scoring and opportunist politics alienates the electorate, says Jill Segger. If the "new politics" of May 2010 is to have any meaning, politicians and party activists must find a way of combining the legitimate battle of ideas with a more...

  • May 30, 2011

    If the motion for recognition of the Armenian Genocide was successful this year in the Israeli Knesset, despite his misgivings, Harry Hagopian - alongside scores of other Armenian and non-Armenian scholars, activists, sympathisers and grassroots...

  • May 27, 2011

    The Church of Scotland General Assembly agreed, under threat, to withdraw a resolution calling for a UK ban on goods from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Paraic Reamonn says that the ethnically-defined nature of the...

  • May 26, 2011

    In England, the debate on stipends, remuneration and expenses for Anglican clergy serving the Established church continues - with a BBC radio investigation in the pipeline.The issues include pay justice, terms and conditions of work, investment...

  • May 26, 2011

    There are whispers in Whitehall that a decision on the future of the Serious Fraud Office is imminent. The Home Office is considering rolling the Serious Fraud Office’s lawyers into the Crown Prosecution Service, while its investigators would be...

  • May 26, 2011

    If Church of England leaders continue to discriminate against even those lesbians and gays who have made considerable sacrifices out of respect for church discipline, there will be considerable damage to its credibility as a force for love and...

  • May 25, 2011

    The International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in Jamaica symbolises the emergence of a remarkable consensus among Christian churches on issues of war, peace and justice, says Stephen Brown. Yet the task facing the ecumenical movement in the 21st...

  • May 25, 2011

    This week, the Church of Scotland has been discussing a specially commissioned report on Same Sex Relationships and the Ministry at its General Assembly in Edinburgh. Alison Jasper from the University of Stirling unpacks the issues, as part of...

  • May 25, 2011

    There has been some uncertainty as to what the Church of Scotland General Assembly actually voted for, and against, on the issue of coupled same-sex ministers and related issues. on Monday 23 May 2011.

  • May 25, 2011

    There are plenty of grounds for a paradoxical 'pessoptimism' about developments in the Middle East and North Africa, writes Harry Hagopian. The huge Arab struggles for dignity and freedom are vital but will take a long time. History in Europe and...

  • May 22, 2011

    It is now less than four weeks before I begin walking from Birmingham to London as a pilgrimage of repentance for my former homophobia. I'm delighted with the support and encouragement I've received and I'm very pleased to report that details of...

  • May 21, 2011

    I have witnessed some extraordinary diatribes on the uselessness of aid this week, so thank you Defence Secretary Liam Fox for being the catalyst to a show of sentiment that makes me again wonder how far we’ve moved on since the Enlightenment.

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