On Northern Ireland, Brexit and the UK

THERE ARE ONLY three broad ways to solve the Brexit situation in Northern Ireland, assuming that the UK is not going to rejoin the EU. First, the current arrangement, which means checks in the Irish Sea, and an effective customs border between Northern Ireland and...

Religion and the integration of migrants

WITH SUFFERING SO OFTEN the root cause of migration, providing new arrivals with a safe and secure existence is of the utmost importance. But regrettably, arrival in the host country can throw up an array of new issues, from exploitative employment to social...

Monarchy and equality in the 21st century

IN 2019, RESEARCHERS at the University of Sheffield argued persuasively that the UK may be going through a process of ‘undevelopment’, which they defined as “the dismantling, rather than the building, of a viable, functioning political economy that...

The futility of deracinated politics

THE FURORE AROUND THE RECENT ELECTIONS for local councils, city and regional mayors, police commissioners and a parliamentary constituency in England has subsided. Politicians and much of the media have interpreted both the unexpected and the foreseen according to...

On trying to obstruct action against racism

THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND’S recent report on racism, From Lament to Action, has provoked many refusals. There are refusals of its central claim about institutional racism, refusals of its theological vision, and refusals of its practical recommendations. These...

Why all 16-year-olds should have a vote

AT THE 1977 CCONSERVATIVE PARTY CONFERENCE, 16-year-old William Hague made a speech in which he conjured up what he feared was the imminent and dreadful prospect of a “Socialist Britain”. With Margaret Thatcher and many delegates captivated by the rare...

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