Representative justice and mercy

The reaction to the Downing Street parties scandal has been fascinating.  I wrote a little bit about his here the other day but I wanted to pick up  a bit further on one particular response.  It’s best represented by this tweet from Owen Jones. Obviously, Jones is driven in part by an assumption that punishment… Continue reading Representative justice and mercy

Statues, parties and rule breaking

There have been two big cases in the last few weeks which have got people talking about what it means to be a rule breaker and what lawlessness looks like. First, there’s the Colston case where the protestors who tipped the statue of a Bristol slaver trader into the sea were brought to trial only… Continue reading Statues, parties and rule breaking

Have COVID interventions worked -more on difficult decisions in uncertainty

Were the Government reckless in failing to bring in additional COVID measures for England over the Christmas and the New Year period? Or did Scotland and Wales jump the gun with pointless measures that haven’t worked, were never going to and weren’t necessary anyway? A lot of people think so and hold their views very… Continue reading Have COVID interventions worked -more on difficult decisions in uncertainty

How we treat others – a lesson from The Magician’s Nephew

Prompted by a friend, I’ve started re-reading the Chronicles of Narnia. The one volume edition we have starts not with the Lion, the witch and the wardrobe but with its prequel “The Magician’s Nephew”, the story of how Narnia all began. The story is of a boy Digory and his friend Polly, tricked into using… Continue reading How we treat others – a lesson from The Magician’s Nephew

Have we misunderstood Romans 13 -do we really have to obey the authorities?

I saw this article the other day. I suspect many of us will be a little surprised at its claim because surely Romans 13 is exactly about whether or not we should obey the authorities isn’t it?  So how can the author claim that it isn’t when Paul says: “ Let every person be subject to the… Continue reading Have we misunderstood Romans 13 -do we really have to obey the authorities?

What will be the consequences of working from home?

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One of the measures used in a bid to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has been work from home orders and advice.  Where possible, people have been asked to turn part of their home into their office and work from there. It’s worth noting that this has primarily applied to office workers. If you work in… Continue reading What will be the consequences of working from home?

Vaccine passports?

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I wanted to say a little bit more about the possibility of vaccine passports coming into play over the next few weeks.  I hope that this doesn’t happen for two simple reasons. I’m aware that a significant number of people struggle with the concept on a moral/ethicl basis and even having received the COVID vaccines… Continue reading Vaccine passports?

Not again?

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Reaction to news of the new Omicron COVID variant seems to be united by one phrase “Not again.”  However, exactly how that phrase is being used seems strongly polarised. Whilst there is auniting theme of “Oh no, not again -just when we thought we were through the worst!” For some people “Not again?” carries the… Continue reading Not again?