militarism

  • July 18, 2016

    Owen Smith, the absurdly self-described “unity candidate” for the Labour leadership, will be one of many Labour MPs voting in favour of the Trident nuclear weapons system today. Indeed, he has already gone further. Yesterday, he gave an explicit “yes” to the question of whether he would be willing to deploy nuclear weapons as Prime Minister.

  • May 16, 2016

    British pacifists have urged opponents of war to become “conscientious objectors” by challenging militarist values and attitudes in everyday life.

  • January 4, 2016

    Quaker work is often hidden from the public gaze. As the year draws to a close, Quakers in Britain have "lifted the curtain" for a look at some 2015 initiaives which have quietly made a difference to areas of conflict, or sowed seeds of change in local communities.

  • March 24, 2015

    Arriving in Afghanistan put a stop to my pre-trip nerves.

  • March 3, 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.

  • March 2, 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.

  • November 13, 2014

    Andrew Murrison MP is the government’s special representative on the World War One Centenary Commission. At Exeter University tomorrow (14 November), he will propose the motion “This house believes that World War One was a great British victory.” I have been asked to oppose the motion.

  • November 1, 2014

    Red, white, purple or any combination thereof. The hue of the poppy we wear should be the choice of an informed conscience. To be coerced into a symbol, for whatever reason and by whatever means, immediately invalidates its significance.

  • September 26, 2014

    One sign of the impact of militarism is the number of progressively minded people who express a belief in peace but support war once it is proposed. This is rather like being teetotal until you're offered a drink.

  • August 30, 2014

    Do they expect us to believe it all again? With weary familiarity, I have been reading the government’s claims that we face a heightened “terror threat”. UK governments have been making this claim every so often since 2001. It is usually followed by a fresh restriction of civil liberties or the departure of British troops to yet another war zone.