Peace and War

  • 23 Mar 2015

    Last week's budget was significant for its omissions. No mention was made of NHS funding nor of where £12 billion cuts in social provision will fall. Then there were the plain untruths.

  • 20 Mar 2015

    The body investigating British abuses in Iraq says it will not request as evidence the US Senate report on CIA torture, in the case of two Pakistani men tortured and rendered by the UK and the US.

  • 17 Mar 2015

    Last year saw a flood of new books on World War 1. When I saw a new one in a bookshop or library, I would pick it up and look up how much space it gave to the issue of opposition to the war. This was particularly so if it was presented as a general history of the war, or of Britian’s part in it.

  • 17 Mar 2015

    Over Christmas I joined members of Voices for Creative Nonviolence UK on a peace delegation to Kabul, Afghanistan.

  • 15 Mar 2015

    The Daily Telegraph’s campaign for high military spending has gathered momentum. Conservative backbenchers, retired generals and some Labour MPs have backed calls to keep “defence spending” at 2% of GDP. Last week, in a Commons debate attended by very few MPs, the majority of those who bothered to turn up voted in favour of the proposal.

  • 13 Mar 2015

    Today (13 March 2015) 26 senior figures from various faith groups published a letter in The Times newspaper calling on the UK government to join with others “to develop a robust plan of action that will lead us to a world free of nuclear weapons”. Steve Hucklesby, Policy Adviser for the Joint Public Issues Team of the Free Churches, provides the background to this initiative.

  • 9 Mar 2015

    The UK's involvement in the global arms trade, its role in the world and Trident are some of the issues explored in a new General Election Briefing from Pax Christi and other Christian peace groups.

  • 3 Mar 2015

    A new poll of Labour’s parliamentary candidates has revealed that 75 per cent would vote against Trident replacement. The vote on Trident replacement is due in 2016.

  • 3 Mar 2015

    The Government's material for schools about the armed forces has been criticised today by the human rights group ForcesWatch and Quakers in Britain.

  • 2 Mar 2015

    Ninety-nine years ago today (2 March 1916), every unmarried man aged between 18 and 41 in England, Scotland and Wales was “deemed to have enlisted” in the armed forces. It was only a few months before another act was passed, extending conscription to married men.