Are you a Ukrainophobe?

The Ukrainian Security Services Chief Investigator, Vasily Vovk, has just added another phobia to the growing list of fears or hatreds that you or I might apparently suffer from. Speaking on the charmingly named programme, Svoboda Slova (Freedom of Speech), Vovk was asked to comment on the recent spate of “suicides” and murders of opposition politicians and government-critical journalists that have […]

Too “Civilised” to Deal With Depravity in a Civilised Way

I have just had the misfortune to read a report on the BBC into the case of a group of men who have been convicted of some of the most appalling crimes imaginable on some of the youngest children imaginable. The report is here for anyone who wants more details, but it should come with the warning given by Prosecutor Robert Davies […]

Election Myths # 1: Voting is a Duty

With just over two weeks to go until the UK General election, the delicious thought that the mind-numbingly tedious and patronising campaign will soon be at an end is beginning to warm my heart. Before it ends, I want to spend just a few short pieces looking at the issue of voting, or rather to take a look at some […]

Cheap Political Points or Precious Human Lives?

If you ever hear a politician using a phrase like “He’s just trying to score cheap political points,” 99 times out of 100 it means, “Of course he’s right, but I have no intention of admitting that, and I certainly have no intention of getting into this discussion. This subject is now closed.” On Sunday, Nigel Farage of UKIP, made […]

Anglican Resurgence in England?

Life is funny. I am not really an Anglican. If I had to describe myself as anything, non-conformist would be about the most apt. Yet just over a year ago, I helped to set up a new church — Christ Church — in my home city of Salisbury, which has an Anglican minister and which is affiliated to an Anglican organisation. […]