• November 22, 2015

    The Church of England has expressed itself “bewildered” at the refusal of leading cinemas to show a short advertising film on the Lord's Prayer.

  • July 27, 2015

    The great holiday get-away weekend has come and gone. Two million holidaymakers thronged the roads and airports.

  • December 9, 2013

    Yesterday I received an email from John Lewis inviting me to “be the perfect host this Christmas”. This would apparently be facilitated by the purchase of “cookware” and “serveware" which would enable me to “cook with ease from morning to night.”

  • August 7, 2013

    If anyone’s looking round for a symbol of modern capitalism, I can think of nothing better to suggest than self-service checkout machines.

  • December 18, 2012

    The contemporary Christmas - a fusion of more than one mythic truth - may so easily draw us into the trap of indulgence without festival, says Jill Segger. She suggests that we celebrate best when we do so with the needy.

  • November 24, 2012

    "It's time to lock up your wallets and purses, cut up your credit cards and dump the love of your life - shopping," say Buy Nothing Day campaigners this weekend.

  • June 8, 2011

    Concerns about young people have made the news this week. There are fears of "sexualisation" and "radicalisation". Both words imply that young people cannot make choices themselves, but only passively accept what is imposed on them. And they distract attention from the policies of a government which is set to wreck the opportunities of countless young people.

  • January 7, 2011

    Eight year-old Romeo Beckham has been included on GQ magazine's list of the “most stylish men in Britain”. He apparently ranks at number 26, ten places behind his father.

  • January 1, 2011

    For some activists, resisting the government's cuts means abandoning other campaigns, such as the struggle for queer rights and same-sex marriage. But they are making a false distinction. Issues of marriage and sexuality are closely linked to questions of power and money.

  • December 26, 2008

    A Canadian author is encouraging parents and children in North America to put human relationships ahead of seasonal "shopaholism".