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Owning Up

A headline caught my attention yesterday.   It read “Perhaps it’s better to admit the truth.”  The article, about the Irish dimension to Brexit, actually threw little new light on the problem, but the headline raises a broader issue.  Is the word “perhaps” actually needed?  Is there any doubt about the benefit of admitting the truth? In the previous week this very question…

Joy to the World

Last week I was taken aback by this headline: “It’s time Christians waged war on Christmas.”  Reading on I saw that this was an article by the journalist Tim Stanley, who was objecting to the sheer tackiness of the commercial trappings of Christmas and to the cultural appropriation of his faith by non-Christians.  His suggested response is to boycott shops which overdo…

Dignified disagreement

As I write this our nation is going through a time of uncertainty, unprecedented in peacetime.  Over the coming month we may see a final decision on Brexit or another postponement of that decision.  Maybe an election will be called or perhaps a further referendum proposed.  Despite the torrent of words from commentators, right now no-one really knows. This is not the…