Election

Friday 29 November 2019

Black Friday, (in America the day after Thanksgiving), has become the feast of shopping. This year it it falls just a couple of weeks before this country goes to the polls.

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Mental Health

Thursday 12 September 2019

If people were falling and breaking their leg across the country, editorials would be demanding an inquiry. Health and safety requirements would change within hours.

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Loyalty

Thursday 5 September 2019

Good morning. We’ve heard a lot about loyalty this week. When you say to someone, ‘Can I count on your support?’, the answer you dread is, ‘It depends on what you’re going to do.’ Because that answer suggests your friend has a loyalty higher than loyalty to you. They’re saying, ‘You can’t count on my support, but someone (or something) else can.’

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Freedom and Equality

Thursday 4 July 2019

‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they’re endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’ Those words were agreed on the 4th of July, 1776 in the Declaration of Independence. Americans have spent the last 243 years debating what they mean.

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Rwandan Genocide

Tuesday 9 April 2019

Twenty-five years ago this week a plane carrying the Rwandan president was shot down on its descent into Kigali. In the hundred days that followed, soldiers and militias slaughtered an estimated 800,000 people

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Compromise

Tuesday 2 April 2019

The Slovaks have just elected a president with no political experience. The Ukrainians look like they’re about to. America did so recently; so did the French.
It’s quite normal for interviewers to expect that we have experience as well as skills and good character to be eligible for a job. But experience isn’t always a perfect preparation

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Mexican Letter

Wednesday 27 March 2019

On Monday the President of Mexico said, ‘I have sent a letter to the king of Spain and another to the Pope … urging them to apologise to the indigenous peoples for the violations of what we now call their human rights.’ He said there couldn’t be reconciliation until there was forgiveness.

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A Celebration of Ascension Day

Friday 27 April 2018

Reserve your free ticket for this live BBC Radio 4 broadcast for Ascension Day, featuring guest preacher Rt Revd June Osborne.

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