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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Our Cambridge Paper 'Engaging with cinema' argued that 'At their best, films are works of art that provoke ethical reflection and provide a vital point of contact between believers and unbelievers.' So, how could I turn down an invitation to take part in an online radio discussion about the latest vampire...

John Hayward   Posted: 7 July 2010   1 comment

Keywords: Health, Sex & Families, Worldviews & Culture,

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More School Discrimination

Further to our observations about secularists' comments on the Government's flagship Academies Bill, it is noteworthy that the National Secular Society's honorary associates Baroness Massey of Darwen and Baroness Flather are to move three amendments to the Bill in the debate to be held later today and...

John Hayward   Posted: 6 July 2010   2 comments

Keywords: Education,

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Religious Discrimination in Schools

The British Humanist Association’s Chief Executive recently warned in the Guardian that the Government’s Academies Bill risks 'increasing religious discrimination and privilege in our education system.' Parents, teachers and governors alike will be relieved to learn that his unsubstantiated...

John Hayward   Posted: 1 July 2010   No comments

Keywords: Education,

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Prison Reform - At Last!

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke today acknowledges that prison has too often proved 'a costly and ineffectual approach that fails to turn criminals into law-abiding citizens' and is expected to announce that he is critical of short sentences being imposed for relatively trivial offences. He wants to adopt...

John Hayward   Posted: 30 June 2010   1 comment

Keywords: Crime & Justice,

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Unfair Bank Charges

The Coalition's Programme for Government promised 'We will introduce stronger consumer protections, including measures to end unfair bank and financial transaction charges.' Yesterday Lloyds TSB announced that from 2nd December the 41-per-cent state-owned institution is going to introduce a new overdraft...

John Hayward   Posted: 25 June 2010   No comments

Keywords: Finance & the Economy,

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Is Increasing Cohabitation a Concern?

I have just taken a media inquiry about updated marital status population projections published today by the Office for National Statistics. The report predicts that the proportion of adults who are married will drop from 49 per cent to 42 per cent over the coming quarter of a century (2008-2033), the...

John Hayward   Posted: 24 June 2010   2 comments

Keywords: Lifestyle Issues, Sex & Families,

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Was The Budget Fair?

The Chancellor claimed that his emergency budget was ‘tough but fair,’ but justifying this claim begs a prior question: ‘What is “fairness”?’ Helpfully, the budget’s executive summary offers its own definition: ‘Underpinning the Goverment’s [sic]...

John Hayward   Posted: 22 June 2010   7 comments

Keywords: Finance & the Economy,

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Hippocratic Physicians

Despite being cleared of murdering three patients five years ago, Dr Howard Martin has told the Daily Telegraph he twice 'helped people die' without their permission and administered excessive morphine doses to a total of eighteen dying patients, supposedly out of 'Christian compassion'. He was rightly...

John Hayward   Posted: 19 June 2010   No comments

Keywords: Crime & Justice, Health,

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BP's Unlimited Liability

Yesterday we asked who was really to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP has agreed to establish a $20 billion claims fund over the next three and a half years, and has further acknowledged this 'does not represent a cap on BP liabilities,' pledging to pay 'any legitimate claim.' That the...

John Hayward   Posted: 17 June 2010   2 comments

Keywords: Finance & the Economy, Government & Foreign Affairs, The Environment,

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A Crude Awakening - Who's Really To Blame?

'[America's] addiction [to oil] is fouling our beaches, polluting our atmosphere and undermining our national security.' (Henry Waxman, chairman of the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce) It is almost two months since Transocean's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank in a mile...

John Hayward   Posted: 16 June 2010   1 comment

Keywords: Lifestyle Issues, Science & Technology, The Environment,

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