3 Things Missing in York’s Left-Scene

I’ve been taking a little time to think through what might be absent from the broader left in York. These suggestions are meant to compliment the other work that is going on. I’m sure that they are not, to any great extent, unique ideas. I’m open to seeing them refined, added to, or hearing from volunteers to help make them happen. (more…)

Friday, 22nd April 2016 at 18:24 UTC Leave a comment

EU referendum: How to lose friends

The EU referendum is starting to get on my nerves. Given my stamina for politics, I feel like everyone else must be completely bored by now. The debate is inane, the two sides are actually more than 5 or 6, speaking completely different languages and often arguing over completely different things. Perhaps my tendency to look at things from a ‘global community relations’ point of view, I find myself watching a debate that has little I agree with coming from any side. (more…)

Wednesday, 20th April 2016 at 15:53 UTC Leave a comment

Save Our NHS: Act 2 begins…

The growing sense that the NHS is on the brink of meltdown might point to the failure of the Save The NHS campaigns of the last few years, but the recent protests by Junior Doctors are just one sign that something new might be stirring.


Tuesday, 20th October 2015 at 21:14 UTC Leave a comment

State of Activism – September 2015

I’ve had a bunch of ideas that should be blog posts pop into my head lately, which means I should probably get writing again. Before I do that, though, here’s a bit of a survey of where activism seems to be as September ends, and some modest (ish) suggestions.


Friday, 25th September 2015 at 23:05 UTC Leave a comment

Why I won’t be organising hustings

I will not be organising hustings for the General or Local Elections in 2015 through any of the groups I’m involved with. This doesn’t mean that they won’t happen, just that I won’t be putting any effort in to organising them. Here’s why: (more…)

Monday, 8th December 2014 at 21:40 UTC 3 comments

Where have all the 20-something’s gone?

Former colleague Dave Magill has written up some thoughts on the question of 20 and 30 something’s leaving the church, which you can find here. He makes great points about the adjustments, and lack of preparation, for moving between youth group and the rest of church life. Here’s my thoughts as extended comment: (more…)

Monday, 24th November 2014 at 19:37 UTC 2 comments

The Rise and Fall of Mark Driscoll

Mark Driscoll was, until very recently, the head of a very large church in Seattle, called Mars Hill. Priding itself on reaching out to Men (with a capital M), the church has been in a very public catastrophe for over a year, and is now headed for closure. But when did that disintegration begin? (more…)

Saturday, 22nd November 2014 at 16:52 UTC Leave a comment

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