Posts filed under ‘Britain’

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

Towards a Northern Economic Justice campaign?

The North of England, defined as the Yorkshire and the Humber, North East and North West regions, have a lot to complain about. Unlike Wales and Scotland, with whom they share many grievances, they lack any real coherent voice in doing so. Isn’t it time such a voice was developed? (more…)

Wednesday, 26th February 2014 at 19:23 UTC Leave a comment

The Tower of Babel today

A Scottish Nationalist MSP caused a minor stir lately for writing about the biblical story of the Tower of Babel in a piece about the Scottish Independence debate. Sure, at surface level, its a bizarre connection to make, but perhaps there is a thread of truth somewhere in this connection.


Friday, 10th January 2014 at 19:57 UTC 1 comment

Toynbee is wrong: votes can be ripped away

So today Polly Toynbee saw fit to tell us that, absent decent rioting, young people “better declare an intention to vote with a vengeance”. The rest of the article, containing some non-horrifying policy points that Labour should take up, aside, there are two major issues here that need unpacking: Voter deregistration or elimination and the perceived democratic deficit.


Friday, 22nd November 2013 at 13:04 UTC Leave a comment

Parties are not the answer

This post is not intended to connect up with the Russell Brand discussion. Its an explanation of the strategy I’m pursuing with my involvement in the People’s Assembly as much as anything. It is largely born out of arguments with, and discussions about, people involved in the various ‘New Worker’s Parties’ like TUSC, Left Unity and so forth.


Friday, 15th November 2013 at 16:34 UTC 1 comment

Its not about cycling: Yorkshire’s Tour

I wanted to unpack a few of my thoughts around the Tour de France and its imminent visit to Yorkshire. But lets not talk about carbon bikes, gruelling climbs or team sponsors, lets talk about what it means without the cycling. Which is actually probably more than the cycling itself adds up to.


Thursday, 19th September 2013 at 17:44 UTC 5 comments

Cycling in Britain: Brailsford’s Dilemma

Dave Brailsford has had a pretty incredible year. As performance director of British Cycling and general manager of Team Sky, his results are second to none – Britain dominated across cycling’s disciplines at the Olympics and a select few of our riders made a huge impact on the road. But for several months I’ve been wondering if Brailsford, despite his qualification to do either role, isn’t holding two irreconcilable roles.


Monday, 17th December 2012 at 23:51 UTC Leave a comment

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