I spent the first two articles making some observations about two specific examples of the issues and controversies we are currently facing when talking about UK healthcare, the Junior Doctors Strike and debates around funding and privatisation when it comes to the NHS. Now, let’s step back a little and think about how we view… Continue reading Foundations for a Christian perspective on current issues, challenges and controversies around UK healthcare
Tag: Public Theology
The NHS, strikes and Junior Doctors’ Pay
One of the issues which keeps coming up with regards to recent NHS pay disputes is that Junior Doctors are able to seek better pay and conditions outside of the NHS, whether through leaving healthcare completely or by moving to another country where pay and conditions are better. I understand that over 10000 medics have… Continue reading The NHS, strikes and Junior Doctors’ Pay
Starting to think through the UK healthcare crisis from a Christian perspective
With NHS strikes having been in the news recently, I think it’s good for us to keep stretching our thinking about the issues involved. I’m going to do this over a few articles. My reason for doing so, is that I think Christians should be concerned about what happens in terms of society around us. … Continue reading Starting to think through the UK healthcare crisis from a Christian perspective
No papers? Why might an asylum seeker lack documentation such as passports?
In recent discussions about asylum seekers, especially those coming by boat, a recurring comment was that it was illegal to try and enter the UK without appropriate documentation. This is correct, and asylum seekers are expected to provide such documentation when turning up for their application to be processed. There are however defences available if… Continue reading No papers? Why might an asylum seeker lack documentation such as passports?
The Gary Lineker Saga
At the weekend, Gary Lineker was stood down from presenting duties on Match of the Day, numerous other commentators and panellists refused to participate in solidarity. The result in the end was severe disruption to the BBC’s sporting schedule. Some people might argue that this was generally for the better including those who think there’s… Continue reading The Gary Lineker Saga
I’ve just had time to look a little bit more at this story that emerged over the weekend. On social media, the story has been presented focusing on one severely autistic boy being suspended and then receiving death threats due to a Quran being scuffed/damaged. A local councillor defended the school for suspending the boy… Continue reading Suspended Tolerance?
Kate Forbes, the SNP and should politicians keep their religion private?
Kate Forbes has for some time been talked of as a potential successor to Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland. However, she has a problem, something that might hinder her progress, either barrign her from leadership or losing her the next major election. What is the skeleton in her closet? Is it a sex-scandal or a dodgy… Continue reading Kate Forbes, the SNP and should politicians keep their religion private?
Don’t worry, I’m not about to get into a debate or discussion about the details of Prince Harry’s book. I’ve chosen not to buy or read the book. The little I’ve heard in press commentary has put me off. It doesn’t sound like something I’ll find helpful and I suspect that will be true for… Continue reading Spare
The difference between debate and conspiracy theory
I wanted to come back to one of the specific issues in my article about a possible “perplexing silence.” One of the things I frequently hear these days is that Christians are susceptible to conspiracy theories. On the other side of the coin I hear Christians complain that the accusation of “conspiracy theories” silences debate… Continue reading The difference between debate and conspiracy theory
A perplexing silence?
Peter Mead thinks that there has been a perplexing silence from Christian leaders and that it has been left to others to “speak the hard truths.” He writes about this in a three part series here, here and here. Now, as I’ve written a few times, I think that our track record as conservative evangelicals… Continue reading A perplexing silence?