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Student Riots: Political Activism or Merely Consumerism?

Yesterday saw about 50,000 students protest against future increases in university tuition fees. Some hailed this as a return to the great tradition of student social action and drew links with the recent public riots in France over their raised age of retirement. Others noted that the students' self-interested...

John Hayward   Posted: 11 November 2010   1 comment

Keywords: Education, Government & Foreign Affairs,

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Is Government Transparency Enough?

I have just given a radio interview to TWR on the 'revolution' in government transparency announced yesterday by the Prime Minister. Here's the essence of what I told listeners. Transparency is clearly a good thing, especially as recent scandals have seriously undermined public confidence that the government...

John Hayward   Posted: 9 November 2010   No comments

Keywords: Government & Foreign Affairs,

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Happy Families - 21st Century Edition

I'm afraid Dr Seuss sprang to mind as I read the story below, from the Independent ... Dad 1, Dad 2, Mum 1, Mum 2, Thing 1, Thing 2? Can someone remind me of when the rights of individual adults to experience parenthood trumped the best interests of the child? For, as family scholar David Popenoe once...

John Hayward   Posted: 8 November 2010   1 comment

Keywords: Sex & Families,

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Remember, Remember...

Last weekend I took the family, en route to see the treasures from Sutton Hoo at the British Museum, to Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath, from where some believe Guy Fawkes' fellow conspirators stood looking towards parliament waiting for it to explode. So, on the day when many of us will be marking...

John Hayward   Posted: 5 November 2010   No comments

Keywords: Crime & Justice, Finance & the Economy, Government & Foreign Affairs, Lifestyle Issues, Sex & Families,

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The Top Seven Christian Blogs

With literally hundreds of votes cast, our summer-long search to identify the best Christian blogs that, like the Jubilee Centre, seek to demonstrate the continued relevance of the bible to the world today or otherwise give a Christian perspective on social and political concerns of interest to the world...

John Hayward   Posted: 2 November 2010   No comments

Keywords: Christianity & Religion, Worldviews & Culture,

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Housing Benefit Reforms

'Sociological cleansing,' 'Kosovo-style social cleansing,' a 'final solution' for the poor. Language used to discuss the Coalition's proposals for capping housing benefit have been unquestionably inflammatory. For their parts, Mayor of London Boris Johnson claims his comments were quoted out of context...

John Hayward   Posted: 29 October 2010   No comments

Keywords: Finance & the Economy, Lifestyle Issues,

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What is Fairness and Whose Money is it Anyway? Part 3

‘Fairness means creating a welfare system that helps the vulnerable, supports people into work and is affordable for the working families who pay for it from their taxes. Fairness also means that, across the entire deficit reduction plan, those with the broadest shoulders will bear the greatest...

Alan White   Posted: 22 October 2010   2 comments

Keywords: Christianity & Religion, Finance & the Economy, Worldviews & Culture,

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Open Letter to the Minister of State for Schools

'I’m proud to call myself a supporter of faith schools – and Catholic schools in particular – because they have such a strong track-record of building strong communities that work together to help one another and of supporting the most disadvantaged. We want to learn from you and are...

John Hayward   Posted: 21 October 2010   2 comments

Keywords: Christianity & Religion, Education,

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What is Fairness and Whose Money is it Anyway? Part 2

Last time we considered fairness in relation to child benefit and taxation and wondered whether a libertarian view of fairness, as we essentially see appearing in US politics with the rise of the Tea Party, was really the final word. Consider tertiary education. It seems that graduates are now going...

Alan White   Posted: 19 October 2010   No comments

Keywords: Education, Finance & the Economy, Worldviews & Culture,

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What is Fairness and Whose Money is it Anyway? Part 1

When not focused on the miracle of the Chilean miners’ deliverance from more than 2000 feet below ground, everyone seems to be exercised about fairness this month. First we had David Cameron defending plans to cut higher rate taxpayers' child benefit, saying it is fair to ask them to contribute...

Alan White   Posted: 15 October 2010   No comments

Keywords: Finance & the Economy, Worldviews & Culture,

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