Complicity and saying sorry

In my article about the EHCR report on anti-Semitism I started to raise the issue of complicity. There is a level at which we all as a society (perhaps with one or two exceptions) have to recognise a level of complicity in the way that this toxic evil was allowed to get to the heartContinue reading “Complicity and saying sorry”

Why we still have an anti-Semitism problem

It would be easy to sit back now and say “well that’s it, anti-Semitism is dealt with.” After all, it was a small problem affecting a few extremists in the Labour Party for a short period in their history.  I am not convinced. I think the problem runs deeper and here are a few reasonsContinue reading “Why we still have an anti-Semitism problem”

The shameful case of anti-Semitism in British politics

The EHRC report on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party has now been published.[1] The headline summary is that: “The Party is responsible for three breaches of the Equality Act (2010) relating to: political interference in antisemitism complaints failure to provide adequate training to those handling antisemitism complaints harassment”[2] Before I go on with further commentContinue reading “The shameful case of anti-Semitism in British politics”

Reformation Reflections (1) I’m not ashamed

Most people celebrate Halloween on the 31st October but this day is also significant because it marks the anniversary of over 500 years since the Reformation started. What were the exciting fresh discoveries that motivated men like Luther, Calvin and Zwingli to challenge the corruption, abuse and superstition of their day?

The US presidential election – how do you choose?

I’ve posted a couple of articles about the US Presidential election already and I’ll probably include a few more as we get closer to the 2nd November.  Although I’m posting from Britain, I do get some US readers and there are of course some American citizens entitled to vote who live here (although they willContinue reading “The US presidential election – how do you choose?”

“I don’t need no sauce on the word”

This tweet with media clip needs little explanation. Kanye West fantastically explains what expository preaching is and why we need it. For all of us preachers who are going to be tempted from time to time to be entertainers, it is worth hearing a strong exhortation from an actual entertainer that this is not ourContinue reading ““I don’t need no sauce on the word””

The current Evangelical scepticism about science and modelling could do long term harm

There is a narrative that is gaining traction at the moment which runs along the lines that we are resisting an authoritarian agenda led by “The Science” and fed by dodgy models.  From this perspective, attempts to model and forecast should be ignored as worthless trash whilst our efforts to control and defeat a pandemicContinue reading “The current Evangelical scepticism about science and modelling could do long term harm”

The election that affects us all

Often it is those most affected by a decision who get the least say in it. Think about the London Mayoral election. The Mayor has been able to impose a congestion charge and also has powers over how the London Underground functions but who is most affected by those decisions? Well arguably it is theContinue reading “The election that affects us all”

Is our approach to COVID-19 really that novel?

One of the claims that is doing the round at the moment is that not only is COVID-19 itself novel but that the approaches we have been taking to combat the virus are new. The argument is that suddenly we are using things like masks, social distancing and lockdowns to attempt to control a virusContinue reading “Is our approach to COVID-19 really that novel?”