Has Putin just threatened to nuke us?

The short answer is “no.”  In today’s speech, according to reports Vladimir Putin did two things. The first is that he extended the mobilisation and conscription of people into the Russian armed forces.  Secondly, he is reported to have said:  “Those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the prevailing winds… Continue reading Has Putin just threatened to nuke us?

Chris Kaba

Whilst our thoughts have been focused on Balmoral, her Majesty the Queen was not the only person to die this week and whilst crowds were gathering in London on Saturday, not all were there to pay their respects to her.  In fact a Sky reporting mistakenly assumed that people in Trafalgar Square were on their… Continue reading Chris Kaba

The Cost of Living Crisis: What does Liz Truss need to do?

Today, the United Kingdom gets a new Prime Minister. However we feel about her personally and the party she represents, our first responsibility as Christians is to pray for her and the government as well as for the leader of the opposition. Liz Truss comes into power with some pressing challenges to respond to. The… Continue reading The Cost of Living Crisis: What does Liz Truss need to do?

The Cost of Living Crisis – it’s time to act

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There’s been frequent talk of and demand for emergency budgets through the year as the cost-of-living crisis has worsened.  Earlier I argued that we shouldn’t be panicked into doing what this or that politician or former prime minister demanded and that rushing to hold an emergency budget wasn’t the right response.  Because the main driver… Continue reading The Cost of Living Crisis – it’s time to act

The Cost of Living Crisis: I’m sorry but “warm banks” may not be the answer

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With the impending energy crisis, this winter, one suggestion that is gathering pace is for churches, libraries, community centres etc to provide places where people can go during the day to keep warm.  Just as we had food banks, so too, we can provide “warm banks,”  Some Councils such as Birmingham are even beginning to… Continue reading The Cost of Living Crisis: I’m sorry but “warm banks” may not be the answer

Why I don’t think partial nationalisation will solve the energy crisis

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*This article is an attempt to look further at questions around the cost-of-living crisis. As we get into practical solutions, this does start to politicise things.  I don’t favour Christian leaders making party political pronouncements. However, public theology and ethics will involve some engagement with political application and there should be room for charitable disagreement.… Continue reading Why I don’t think partial nationalisation will solve the energy crisis

Champagne Legalism

This week, Dominic Raab stood in for Boris Johnson at Prime Ministers’ Questions whilst the PM was at the NATO summit. Given Raab’s reputation for putting his foot in his mouth, I assume his main job was to demonstrate exactly why Boris is still Prime Minister.  He didn’t disappoint. Convention meant that if the PM… Continue reading Champagne Legalism

What next for Boris?

Yesterday evening, Boris Johnson survived a “No Confidence” vote from his own MPs by 211 votes to 148. This meant that 41% of his own MPs declared no confidence in him. However, in fact, he fare worse than that.  Between 160-170 MPs are on the government payroll as ministers/aides.  It’s possible that some of these… Continue reading What next for Boris?

How do we deal with the Cost of Living Crisis? Wrong answers only please.

There’s a trend on social media where someone asks a question and then invites people to give only wrong answers. The aim is to get the silliest response possible. It looked this week as though Conservative Government Minister Rachel Maclean thought she had been invited to participate in such a challenge. Maclean has managed to… Continue reading How do we deal with the Cost of Living Crisis? Wrong answers only please.