Freedom of Speech and Charlie Hebdo

Recent events in Paris, in which so-called Islamic gunmen have shot down and killed cartoonists and journalists of a satirical magazine, are extremely serious for the cause of freedom. The outrage was to avenge the ‘prophet’ Mohammed whose name had ostensibly been...

Scottish Independence

I am looking forward to seeing Scotland leave the United Kingdom and Great Britain and its people forge their own future. Whatever happens, the country we live in most of the time is neither United nor Great! We of course knew this but it has recently been made...

The European Union

After the Second World War the founders of the European Common Market had great ideals. They wanted to avoid conflict between nations which had resulted in two devastating world wars in the last century. But from the beginning they were doomed to failure because they...

Christian hypocrisy

It is all very well for bishops to say that poverty in Britain is a disgrace. It certainly is. But perhaps bishops should not live in their palaces and live off their revenues from shares, rents and from private property. Perhaps they should withdraw from the House of...

Freedom of Speech and the Republic

I have just read that according to the Ministry of Justice there is still a law on the statute book dating from 1848 which declares that to call for the abolition of the monarchy in print can be punishable by a life imprisonment. Even to ‘imagine’...

Should chimps have rights?

There has recently been a legal case in the U.S. brought by the Great Ape Project to extend human rights to chimpanzees. Spain has already granted ‘personhood’ to the great apes while in Britain and several other European countries experiments on them are...