The purpose of education

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has demanded that schools teach children to recite by heart the Lord's Prayer. Williams is a supposedly liberal, sophisticated theologian. Nevertheless, he thinks the taxpayer should, under the guise...

Lying for god

Dr William Dembski, the renown Intelligent Design expert and Fellow of the Discovery Institute, has been appointed Phillip E Johnson Research Professor of Science and Culture at the Southern Evangelical Seminary. Nice for Mr Dembski, but oh so...

Bradford West

The result of the Bradford West parliamentary bye-election, announced in the early hours of Friday morning, like some point nine earthquake, sent shock waves through the whole political class. George Galloway stood on a platform that condemned the...

As Charlie Hebdo sees it

The satirical magazine, 'Charlie Hebdo', is giving away election posters. Dix raisons de ne pas voter Sarko. A president who is an object of derision is likely to find re-election a tall :laugh: order.

Creating panic

On Wednesday on BBC's Radio Four Today programme, Conservative minister, Francis Maude sought to make party political advantage out of a potential fuel tanker drivers' strike. He advised the nation to stock up on petrol, fill their cars, and stockpile...

On suppers and pasties

In politics, as any spin doctor will tell you, it is not the facts that matter, but the narrative. And I suspect the leadership of the Conservative Party are seriously concerned by the emerging narrative. This new narrative is not the work of the...

Religion warps judge's sense of justice

District judge John Charles has sentenced Biology student, Liam Stacey to fifty-six days imprisonment. In passing sentence, the judge said: 'it was not the football world who was praying for him [Muamba] ... everybody was praying for his life.' ...

Who is that masked man?

So Disney have picked up the baton. They have announced that they will be releasing a Lone Ranger film next year. This is a bold move. The film began life a decade ago at Columbia. Since then it has passed from studio to studio, from script writer...

What is wrong with Russia?

Russia has one of the highest rates of teenage suicide in the world.* According to the UN, the rate of teen suicide is thirty per hundred thousand. In the region of Tuva, the rate climbs to a staggering one hundred and twenty per hundred thousand....

A Shadow of War

Wars cast long shadows. Afghanistan may well be thousands of miles from Yorkshire, but that pointless war is casting its bleak shadow here. Bradford Crown Court is hearing how Mrs Judith Garnett became a victim of the Afghan war. The court has...

Separation of Church and State

'I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof", thus building a...

Advertising ignorance

There are many mysteries in this life. One of the strangest is the apparent need that some people have to advertise to the whole world their ignorance. It is a strange phenomenon. There is an amusing example of this weird obsession in the Washington...

F D

Should you take the trouble to look at an English coin, you will see that after the Elizabeth's name are the letters F D. They are an abbreviation, standing for Fidei Defensor, which is Latin for Defender of the Faith. In order to understand why the...

Deranged - really?

According to the Western press, Staff Sergeant Robert Bales is deranged. You will see the word in the New York Times, the Guardian, Le Figaro, etc, etc. How do they know? You may well ask. You might also be wondering how they knew this before they...

Church of England moving right?

Rowan Williams has announced that he will step down as the Archbishop of Canterbury. His decade in charge of the Anglican Church has been marked by a growing schism between the socially conservative traditionalists, and those with more liberal views....

Batman in Slovakia

Batman has been found, alive and well, albeit poor. He is living in an abandoned building in Dunajska Streda. He believes passionately in justice and keeps a sharp eyed watch. This daring, caped crusader for justice has yet to...

Work and moral sense (3)

Yesterday Gregg Smith published an open letter in the New York Times, explaining why he could no longer work for Goldman Sachs.* In his letter he explains how Goldman Sachs is only concerned with making money, even at the client's expense. And...

Work and moral sense (2)

An explosion at Texas City refinery in 2005 directly killed fifteen oil workers and injured another hundred and eighty. A terrible accident? No. It was entirely predictable. Indeed, it had been predicted, repeatedly. Those warnings were simply...

Work and moral sense

Something very strange seems to happen to most people's sense of morality once they are at work. It apparently just disappears. When it comes to doing one's job, it seems people flick the off switch on their moral sense. Or at any rate, turn it down a...

Creating poverty

The IMF, the EU and the ECB, at the behest of international finance capital, are turning Greece into a third world country. The 'reforms' imposed upon Greece by this inhumane troika defy understanding. Gross domestic product has been slashed by...

Exploiting greed and gulibility

Wolfgang Beltracchi has been sent to prison. His crime: for decades he has been fooling the art world, turning out forgeries of non-existent great works of expressionist artists. Herr Beltracchi is no common criminal. He is undoubtedly an...