It’s the Jimmy Saville question: how did they get away with it for so long?
This morning’s newspapers are dominated by Prince William’s outrage. The Daily Mail is typical: WILLIAM; BBC LIES RUINED MY MOTHER’S LIFE.
The fact that Martin Bashir’s now-discredited interview with Diane, Princes of Wales, took place 25 years ago is neither here nor there. His deceit and lies are now exposed along with the total failure of the BBC, even its eventual Director-General, to uncove
This blog should have been coming to you from sunny Tenerife but it isn’t.
Like everyone Jacqui and I have been hit by the pandemic. It’s taken, so to speak, one year out of our lives but for us, we have enough years to spare. The tragedy is for our young people.
This week I’ve been moved by two articles on how the coronavirus pandemic has caused much suffering for this age group.
The first from the BBC news website reported a series of protests in France by stude
To forgive is not to forget but to remember aright.
That seems to be have one of the conclusions of the report produced this week from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. This revealed that the Church of England had failed to protect children and had a culture where abusers "could hide".
The focus was on bishops who defended alleged perpetrators instead of protecting children and young people from sexual predators. Not just bishops but an entire culture is h
“Where’s Zimbabwe?” I finally asked my fellow student Richard, responding to the prominent lapel badge he invariably wore with the legend “Free Zimbabwe.” It was, literally, ‘in your face.’
That was 50 years ago, shortly after the British colony of Southern Rhodesia had declared Unilateral Declaration of Independence during my first term at university. This triggered a 15-year guerrilla war as the white colonialists vainly tried to hold onto power against the black nation
Early start this morning – to join in with a family birthday. For once I will be singing “Happy Birthday” without lathering my hands.
Birthdays, of course, are very special. We all have one, whoever we are and whatever our status. It’s a time for friends and family to come together and celebrate you!
Birthdays are the great leveller and having just finished reading Tom Holland’s Dominion I would imagine that he would argue this, like so much in our culture, is as a direc
I prefer to kneel.
Even when there isn’t much room or the floor is hard or (as often happens) the hassock uneven or too small. Body language is important as Colin Kaepernick discovered a lifetime ago in 2016.
To kneel is to assume a posture of vulnerability. Moreover it is entirely non-threatening: the very opposite. It’s very difficult to attack someone if both your knees are on the ground. Instinctively we use it as a sign of deference, even submission.