Commentary

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

  • October 17, 2010

    The benefit system is notoriously complicated, leaving both claimants and officials struggling, says Savi Hensman. Errors are far higher in value than estimated fraud. This in turn is far less than the estimated £16 billion of unclaimed benefit...

  • October 16, 2010

    The theme of this year’s World Food Day - marked on 16 October, but resulting in action well beyond that date - is "United against hunger".

  • October 15, 2010

    Concerned Anglicans have written an Open Letter to Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, asking him to acknowledge the contribution of so many LGBT people, often partnered, to the ministry of the church and to promote rigorous and prayerful...

  • October 15, 2010

    Politicians of all persuasions wheel out 'fairness' as a justification and a palliative for everything to which the electorate might possibly be expected to raise an objection, says Jill Segger. But the 'f' word is elusive and slippery when...

  • October 12, 2010

    The present model of economic globalisation, with its emphasis on financial profit and the pursuit of individual, corporate and national self-interest based on market principles, has long assumed that the values of competition, self-interest and...

  • October 10, 2010

    The Comprehensive Spending Review is expected to be bad news for universities and especially bad news for those who teach in the humanities, says theologian and ethicist Graeme Smith. Action is needed. But are strikes really the most effective...

  • October 7, 2010

    In the heart of the Brazilian city of São Paulo, a group of 2000 people are starting to make four abandoned buildings their homes. The homeless families are calling on the government to give them somewhere to live. Among the thousands are men...

  • October 6, 2010

    We have just passed the 75th anniversary of Mussolini's invasion of Abyssinia. The invasion began on 3 October 1935, prompting pacifists and other campaigners in Britain to call for an arms embargo on Italy.

  • October 6, 2010

    This today from David Cameron, who led his party through an election campaign based on scaremongering about a hung Parliament, now addressing his party conference:

  • October 5, 2010
  • October 5, 2010

    It is easy to be won over by the universal moral or religious principles espoused by a skilled rhetorician such as Tony Blair. However, John Heathershaw argues that in politics, from university league tables to the war in Iraq, God is in the...

  • October 5, 2010

    In its literal sense "doing God" is a theological nonsense. Christianity itself suggests you can only really respond to an invitation to join in what God is already doing, says Jonathan Bartley. Nevertheless, the debate about it acts as a useful...

  • October 4, 2010

    The Communion of Saints is not a term which comes readily to a Quaker's tongue. But an encounter with two Friends – one living and one three centuries dead - has prompted me to look past the difficulty of these words in search of their true...

  • October 1, 2010

    Defenders of current church schools policies say that admissions favouring church-going children over others protect a school's 'Christian values' and ethos. But since when have self-interest, discrimination and lying been the values promoted by...

  • September 30, 2010

    As with many other areas of public finance, funding for science is under major threat – maybe facing up to 25 per cent reductions, says Bob Carling. Many senior figures feel that proposed cuts will destroy the international excellence of science...

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