Commentary

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

  • November 21, 2010

    It's easy to enjoy the potty-humoured aspects of World Toilet Day, which took place on 19 November. Indeed the WTD promoters do that themselves. But there are very serious issues underlying the event, effecting billions of people.

  • November 19, 2010

    Many of the government’s cuts will intensify divisions in society, excluding some people from opportunities that others enjoy and making it less likely that people from different backgrounds will mix, says Savi Hensman. A different way forward is...

  • November 18, 2010

    Being able to exercise a vote is an important symbol of being a citizen says Tim Newell. Trusting prisoners with a vote is a sign that they remain members of our community.

  • November 18, 2010

    What does the liquid insurgency of the Tea Party movement in the United States mean for political processes on both sides of the Atlantic? Simon Barrow compares and contrasts government, opposition and voter disaffiliation in the UK and the USA...

  • November 18, 2010

    There may be no direct route from the politics of Jesus' day to the politics of modern Britain, but there are embodied principles and narratives in the Gospel which directly challenge the marginalisation of the poor and the use of ideology (...

  • November 18, 2010

    Media coverage of recent student protests in London has consistently presented the violence of a very small minority as worse than the action of of the Coalition Government, and has tried to tar all who entered the courtyards and buildings of...

  • November 18, 2010

    "Sex and violence" is a hot-button phrase that if often used without thinking. But what do sex and violence really have to do with one another? Christians should be untangling the connection between them, but instead we seem to be contributing...

  • November 17, 2010

    The Coalition of Resistance against the government's public spending cuts, which is bringing together trade union, community, political and civil society groups, has announced the agenda for its organising conference on 27 November - which...

  • November 17, 2010

    Some findings from recent polling by YouGov seem to challenge the claim that the religion of a school is a priority for parents when making the choice over where they want their children to be educate

  • November 17, 2010

    Since yesterday morning, the media have been preoccupied with one particular family event. So in case you haven't been able to hear anything else, here is some news from yesterday which you may have missed.

  • November 16, 2010

    Ekklesia's good friend Harry Hagopian is giving the Annual Constantinople Lecture on Thursday 25 November 2010. Its topic is “The Armenian Genocide: A Way Forward?”

  • November 16, 2010
  • November 15, 2010

    Last week, an elderly man attributed several unpleasing characteristics to me because I was wearing a white poppy. My efforts to engage with him and to explain my reasons came to nothing because he was too angry and upset to listen.

  • November 12, 2010

    It is grimly ironic, says Savi Hensman, that on Armistice Day UK news headlines included the announcement of a new benefits system which punishes the ‘workshy’ and a report showing inadequate care for many elderly NHS patients undergoing surgery...

  • November 11, 2010

    The first UK Disability History Month (DHM) will kick off in a couple of weeks time.

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