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Why we need Christian voices in public life

A Christian voice is a Christian articulating a Christian perspective on issues. It is not enough to have a Christian perspective, but one needs to articulate it. The Scottish National Party measures everything in terms of Scotland, the feminists in terms of gender, the homosexuals in terms of sexuality, the Greens in terms of the …

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View from the Pew

In the 1980s I edited View from Farr and in the 1990s Auldcastle View. The past two decades have given me another perspective and so I am beginning a new series in my blog called View from the Pew. It is specifically aimed at preachers, preaching and congregations. The reason for this is that whereas …

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When did BBC Question Time last change your mind?

Does the BBC flagship programme Question Time change anyone's mind? The standard of debate on BBC Question Time is poor and getting worse. We were told years ago that we needed female politicians who would bring civilised debate to male-dominated politics. I never believed it and I have seen no evidence that it has done …

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Creeping internet control

In spite of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, most corporations are still at it – surreptitiously gathering more information about you to no purpose other than their psychological profiling of their customers. Reputable websites, such as mainstream newspapers, invite you to register online with them to view their articles.  It begins with your name and email.  …

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Alex Salmond joins the campaign for natural justice

Alex Salmond, former SNP leader and First Minister of Scotland,  has resigned from the SNP. The reason he has given is to save the SNP the embarrassment and consequences of suspending him from the party while he defends himself against allegations of sexual misconduct. BBC Newsnight said tonight that Salmond had always disagreed with suspending …

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Children’s Hearings in Scotland

BBC Newsnight on 3/8/2018 drew attention to concerns that the Child Protection Service in Norway is taking too many children into care. The same concerns are found in Scotland.  The British media has publicised 'separation anxiety' experienced by children being separated from their parents at the American-Mexico border. The same British media is behind the …

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Invoices, emails and warranties

I have a three-year warranty for my laptop computer with Hewlett-Packard. The start date of the warranty is wrong. When I emailed HP customer care to correct it, forwarding the original email response confirming my purchase, they wanted ‘a scan of the hardware invoice’, which I sent. This begs two questions: 1. what use is …

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Megaphones in public demonstrations

In the light of President Donald Trump's recent visit to London and Scotland, the following letter was sent to London and Glasgow national newspapers.  Although it raises a significant matter for debate, it was not published. Sir, The flying of a giant balloon of a baby Donald Trump over London, and its tour around the …

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