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A miracle…A miracle…

When I was a schoolboy I was forced to attend Church three times a week. This made me disgruntled. I had concluded that there was no evidence for any of the religions when I was 8 years old. Having been sent to private sessions with a peddler of Roman Catholicism (fortunately not the touchy-feely type), […]

Oundle_School_Chapel_-_geograph.org.uk_-_344398

A miracle…A miracle…

When I was a schoolboy I was forced to attend Church three times a week. This made me disgruntled. I had concluded that there was no evidence for any of the religions when I was 8 years old. Having been sent to private sessions with a peddler of Roman Catholicism (fortunately not the touchy-feely type), […]

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EU in the UK, and the decline of Labour

Labours grip on its core vote was loosened further by the Heywood and Middleton by-election results. Had three thousand conservative voters in the constituency not split the vote, Labour would have been on the receiving end of their biggest by election blow in decades. With Labour doing very badly in the European Election and with […]

Barack Obama

Time to talk

The New York Times and Fox News do not frequently agree. They are, however, agreed that President Obama is shortly to issue an executive order changing the status of several million illegal immigrants. He has wanted to do so for some time, so the timing – immediately after the mid-term elections – is not a […]

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Should we welcome synthetic meat?

The cultivation of crops and the domestication of animals were two of the breakthrough technologies for our species. They marked the move from hunter-gatherers to settled and nomadic communities. Other breakthroughs – the bucket and the plow, for example, which enabled farmers to produce surplus, and thus for some people to be something other than […]

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Lucy’s Diamonds: The Ethics of Modern Consumption

My girlfriend cannot look away from jewellery shop windows. Their lustrous displays hold a startlingly magnetic power over her. One particular item proves more intoxicating than any other – the diamond ring. When quizzed on why she found herself so drawn to this particular carbon compound over all others she was lost for words: “I […]

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Barack Obama

Time to talk

The New York Times and Fox News do not frequently agree. They are, however, agreed that President Obama is shortly to issue an executive order changing the status of several million illegal immigrants. He has wanted to do so for some time, so the timing – immediately after the mid-term elections – is not a […]

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Now that was a shellacking

For more than eight decades the Democratic Party has been the dominant party of the US. It is one of the most successful political parties in the democratic world. But, at least for the moment, everything has changed.  Past realignments have been long term. The Republican Party became dominant after the Civil War and remained […]

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The West goads an insulted Russian bear.

This year NATO has intercepted more than 100 Russian military aircraft – triple the amount in 2013. Last week a surge in Russian military activity occurred across north-western Europe. The Swedish Defence Force reacted to reports that an unidentified submarine, believed to be Russian, was spotted near Stockholm. Concurrently a series of missions across international […]

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