Divisions have opened up among Labour Party leaders over whether to avoid opposing harsh social security cuts. Some regard this as a difference between the sensible and dogmatic. But perhaps this exposes past folly in supporting injustice and deceit.
Will the budget succeed in derailing the UK economy?
The Summer Budget produced by the UK chancellor George Osborne will, predictably, continue to widen the gap between the rich and the rest of the population. It may also fulfil economists’ warnings of further economic damage.
Social housing crackdown could cost taxpayers billions
Hundreds of thousands of council and housing association tenants in England could face rocketing rents or eviction unless they buy their homes. Though supposedly this will save £250 million a year, it may actually cost billions.
Magna Carta: overcoming idolatry towards the state
The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta in June 2015 is being widely celebrated. King John’s signing of this document symbolised the end of an age when rulers had absolute power. Yet worship of the state, in England and beyond, is still common.
Scottish Episcopal Church moves towards marrying same-sex couples
The Scottish Episcopal Church has taken a major step towards letting same-sex couples marry in church. However the process of change will take at least two years. If and when final approval is given, priests will be allowed – but not required – to celebrate weddings between same-sex partners.
Evangelist Tony Campolo welcomes same-sex partnerships
Tony Campolo, an influential Christian speaker and writer, no longer regards same-sex partnerships as wrong. Several other well-known evangelicals in recent years have also changed their views on sexual ethics.
Nursery worker wrongly sacked after answering lesbian colleague’s question
A London nursery unlawfully discriminated by dismissing a worker after a chat with a colleague ended in hurt feelings, an employment tribunal found. The case of Sarah Mbuyi versus Newpark Childcare highlights the risks of workplace discussions on emotionally charged topics such as religion and sexuality.
Muslims, Christians, questionnaires and counter-extremism
A law to “promote social cohesion and protect people by tackling extremism” was one of the measures in the Queen’s Speech. Additional information about laws which the UK government plans to bring in gave more details of an Extremism Bill.
Ashers bakery ruling sows confusion about discrimination
A Northern Ireland court found Ashers Baking Company guilty of discrimination after it refused to bake a cake calling for same-sex couples to be allowed to marry. But the news is not necessarily as good as it might seem for those wanting full inclusion.