Archive for August, 2011
Today’s revelations about the state of Britain’s housing make for grim reading, but tucked away behind a lot of the reporting is a fundamentally flawed attitude towards housing ownership as one of life’s ultimate aims. It may not be a stretch of the imagination to name it as a contributing factor to our current crisis.
One of the debates about the Church and Christian life that recurs in Soul Survivor is the difference between trying to expand Christian Subculture and actually taking Jesus’ messages of love, justice, forgiveness, etc to the people. Its a critical debate on one level, especially for a church so laden with its own peculiar culture that is butting up against many other cultures.
The unearthing of a hacking scandal at NewsCorp and the massive media circus of Murdoch ‘on trial’ before the commons select committee provided a spectacle that held what felt like the whole population in some sort of trance. It felt as if the whole of the establishment was just about to cave in on itself. The problem, and the reason I found the whole episode so difficult to deal with, was the impossible task of finding a way to do anything.
Amidst a rising tide of negativity towards disabled people in the press, Disability Rights activism is becoming more and more urgent. I got asked by Nicola Sleap if I would publish this article she wrote for SCM’s Movement magazine as a guest post. I’m glad she did, because unlike her, I’m not on the receiving end of this shift.
This has certainly proven to be a year of unrelenting, if deeply contrasting uprisings, and it shows no sign of abating, with India the latest to enter the fray with anti-corruption protests that saw more arrests than our riots did. If its possible to make objective comparisons between the #ukriots and all the other uprisings of recent months, then I intend to do it. (more…)
I’ve been doing plenty of thinking about the Big Society idea lately, and how it uses language of mutual aid to both excuse cuts but also to redirect people’s volunteering efforts. There is plenty being written about the former, but lets think for a minute about the latter.
There are as many, if not more, approaches to creating change as there are people doing it. There aren’t really any right ways and there aren’t nearly as many wrong ways as people sometimes make out. To demonstrate one such difference in approaches, we shall, metaphorically, require a cat, a dog and a large ball of string or wool.
I must apologise before I start – this is pure Grumble territory. Forget the upbeat bits, this is depressing me as much as all the rest of the news. Last night, the BBC hosted historian David Starkey on Newsnight, during which he made various patently racist statements, which can be viewed here. That the BBC has cut out the segment and made it available should hint at how they’re feeling about it all.