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22 July
2017

The March of the Malthusians

Last week we saw the return of the London Family Planning Summit, with senior government officials, NGO representatives and business leaders committing billions in additional funding with a view to getting 120 million more women and girls using ‘modern’ methods of family planning by 2020. The British Government alone pledged to increase its International Development department’s […]

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8 July
2017

Picking Up the Pieces

Terrence Malick’s most recent film, which received its UK theatrical release this weekend, is readily being described as the completion of a cinematic trilogy. The thematic unity of ‘contemporary soul-searching’ in Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder (2012), Knight of Cups (2015) and, now, Song to Song, alongside the aesthetic consistency of their highly fragmented, narrative-resistant forms, begins to justify this claim. […]

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19 June
2017

Election Reflection III: Liberalism’s Illiberal Endpoint

This is the third and final part in a series of reflections on the 2017 UK General Election. Shortly after the recent General Election the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, offered his resignation, issuing a statement which declared that he had found the tension between ‘remaining faithful to Christ’ and leading his party to be irresolvable. This came after a muted […]

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17 June
2017

Election Reflection II: Labour’s Journey Back to the Future

This is the second in a 3-part series of reflections on the 2017 UK General Election. The 2017 General Election first and foremost marked a return to two-party politics. Though neither party secured a parliamentary majority, the Conservatives and Labour simultaneously received their highest vote shares since 1983 and 1997 respectively. At the same time, the Scottish National […]

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16 June
2017

Election Reflection I: The Conservatives and the Reification of Rhetoric

This is the first in a 3-part series of reflections on the 2017 UK General Election. Only eleven months ago, Theresa May delivered a much-lauded opening address just outside 10 Downing Street, in which she extolled the virtues of ‘One Nation’ conservatism. Whilst a passing mention was made of her predecessor, her firm pledge to ‘fight against […]

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9 February
2017

2016: A Year in Review

Our last blog post started by describing 2016 as an atypical year. That year is now over – and it truly was exceptional in various respects. It seems pertinent to reflect with a little hindsight on what happened in the twelve months to 31 December last. Politically, socially, culturally – and even locally here at […]

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8 November
2016

Islam: Friend or Foe?

2016 was in many respects an atypical year. In the political arena, two events confounded and unnerved the grandees of establishment media: Brexit, and, in the U.S.A., the Republican nomination for the US presidential election. Donald Trump made headlines with his brash style, irascible temperament and often controversial statements – among which his denouncing of […]

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16 August
2016

The EU Referendum: A Call for Genuine Subsidiarity?

The people of the UK as a whole decided on 23 June to leave the European Union. Brexit won the referendum with 51%+ of the vote, the result was backed by more than 17 million citizens. Turnout was the highest seen since 1992, and the outcome determined by the will of large swathes of the […]

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