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10:50am Tuesday 22nd July 2014
9:36am Tuesday 15th July 2014
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9:58am Tuesday 1st July 2014
DAVID CAMERON’S failed attempts to block the appointment of Jean- Claude Juncker to the presidency of the EU Commission has made our Prime Minister a laughing stock – again. There is no stopping the relentless drive towards federalism, “ever closer political union” and the superstate.
10:37am Tuesday 17th June 2014
AT least the early Muslim conquerors in the 8th and 9th centuries were moderately humane: if Christians, Jews and other unbelievers in the countries they overran were prepared to pay the Islamic tax on infidels (known as the dhimmi), the Muslim conquerors would refrain from beheading them, crucifying them or putting them to the sword.
8:34am Tuesday 10th June 2014
ISLAMIC jihad, the murderous inefficiency of the NHS, the collapsed state schools system, the problems with Putin and the housing crisis. I must turn my attention away from these hilarities and write about something serious for once.
9:44am Tuesday 3rd June 2014
EVERY day a fresh stunt, a new buzzword, another PR gimmick. And today’s catchphrase folks is – wait for it – “obesogenic environment.” This stunt, like so many stunts, was dreamed up by our beloved nanny, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).
9:57am Tuesday 27th May 2014
THE political earthquake – so long predicted but which so few believed – is now happening. The results in the council elections and for the European parliament are a triumph for Ukip and a catastrophe for the three main British parties.
9:43am Tuesday 20th May 2014
TOTALITARIANISM or what? The European Court has declared that “in appropriate cases” information should be deleted from articles on the Internet. The example given was of a Spaniard who some years ago received a conviction for debt. He successfully argued that this fact should not be there at the click of everybody’s mouse to haunt him for the rest of his life. I can see the humanity in this.
9:43am Tuesday 13th May 2014
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9:36am Tuesday 29th April 2014
10:17am Tuesday 22nd April 2014
GK CHESTERTON said: “The secret of being a successful journalist is to write one article for the Church Times and another article for The Horseracing Times, address them to the respective editors, then put them in the wrong envelopes.”
9:24am Tuesday 15th April 2014
12:11pm Tuesday 8th April 2014
I WENT into three shops trying to buy an Easter card. I’m fond of flowers, I love eggs and I’ve no desire to perpetrate a hate crime against bunnies. But I was looking for something with a cross on, or an Easter garden, the sepulchral stone being rolled away.
10:12am Tuesday 1st April 2014
12:10pm Tuesday 25th March 2014
I ENJOYED a delightful break in Bournemouth last weekend. I love English seaside hotels. You get a proper breakfast, not the slimy cheese and tasteless ham of the so-called continental breakfast which resembles a funeral tea, washed down with a cup of stewed coffee.
11:26am Tuesday 18th March 2014
LET’S take a look at how we’re commemorating the centenary of the First World War. In the agitation and propaganda department which passes for state education in England, children are routinely instructed to despise our country, its historical achievements and its traditional values.
10:48am Tuesday 11th March 2014
PART of this column is going to be very nasty. I’ll get the nasty bit in first, then you can resume the enjoyment of your breakfast. A man’s former girlfriend discovered a video of him having penetrative sex with a pit bull terrier. Time was when he would have gone to prison for that, but instead he was given a suspended sentence. I see in this distasteful story a parable of how public morality in this country changes –some would say deteriorates.
11:04am Tuesday 4th March 2014
10:41am Tuesday 25th February 2014
We can rely on the bishops – Anglican or Catholic – to do anything, except teach the Christian faith. The hierarchy of both churches have just had a good old go at the Government for its changes in the rules about benefits. Of course, the church has a responsibility to the poor which derives from the words of Jesus Christ Himself who, according to St Luke’s gospel, said: “Blessed are the poor.”
11:09am Tuesday 18th February 2014
10:17am Tuesday 11th February 2014
WHENEVER we were enjoying a spell of fine weather, my granddad, a Leeds newsagent, would say: “We’ll pay for this – you’ll see.” He knew what he was talking about. Every morning, from 1911 until 1955 he got out of bed at 4am, walked to the bridge in Armley Road, picked up his papers then set off with two full bags around his shoulders on his four-mile delivery round.
10:53am Tuesday 4th February 2014
SOME things are too horrific to write about. Even the seasoned journalist recoils from the truly terrible. Over this past year I’ve written about wars and atrocities, disasters and catastrophes galore. I think I once even mentioned Lord Kinnock.
9:42am Tuesday 28th January 2014
CHRISTENINGS in this country have become such posh and trendy affairs – like society weddings. We live in the age of the designer Baptism. Personally, I prefer to do Christenings as part of the Parish Communion, rather than hold them as hole-and-corner affairs in private at 3pm on a Sunday.
10:27am Tuesday 21st January 2014
IAM tempted to stop reading the papers. I mean, to open any of the regional or national newspapers this last couple of weeks is to become convinced that everyone is either a paedophile, serial groper or, alternatively, a victim of such a despicable person.
10:28am Tuesday 14th January 2014
10:32am Tuesday 7th January 2014
MOST of us celebrated the 12 days of Christmas as a time to exercise peace and love. At the Wren church of St James’s Church, Piccadilly, in London, they used the festival to demonstrate prejudice and hatred. The vicar and church council erected a replica of Israel’s security fence as part of their propaganda promotion called Bethlehem Unwrapped. The replica wall is so huge you can hardly see the church for it. It is lit up after sunset when a montage of images and anti-Israel slogans are projected on to it. There are, however, no counterbalancing images of the bombed-out Israeli buses, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs which occurred so frequently in Israel before the security barrier was installed.
12:21pm Tuesday 31st December 2013
10:50am Tuesday 24th December 2013
CHARLES DICKENS’ books are not the gospels, of course, but his Christmas stories are worth reading again at this time of the year. A Christmas Carol exhibits the spirit of an English Christmas, perhaps more perfectly than anything in our literature.
10:55am Tuesday 17th December 2013
1:52pm Tuesday 10th December 2013
10:10am Tuesday 3rd December 2013
THE world is suddenly a far more dangerous place owing to Barack Obama’s, David Cameron’s and others’ willingness to be duped by the treacherous Iranian government which, following recent superpower talks, have consolidated its perceived right to continue enriching uranium.
9:48am Tuesday 26th November 2013
PAUL SYKES, the business tycoon, has made a substantial contribution to Ukip’s funds for he wants “…to free Britain from the European Union”. Fair enough. He has a right to do as he likes with his own money and there are many less welloff people in Britain who cherish the same wish.
10:40am Tuesday 19th November 2013
OBRAVE new world that hath such people in it. Last week, I came across a phenomenon – a Church of England clergyman so politically-correct it set your teeth on edge. He had given permission for an independent organisation to hold a service in his church. This organisation had thoughtfully printed its own order of service and invited the clergyman to read the written prayers. He did so – after a fashion. But where the printed original said, as it might have been, “We pray that every man may keep his courage...” the priest altered the line and read: “We pray that every person may keep their courage.”
10:25am Tuesday 12th November 2013
“FOUR legs good, two legs bad,” was the slogan coined by the communist animal dictatorship in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The obvious unfairness of the slogan is because it takes no account of the conduct of either twolegged creatures or four-legged ones. It is simply a matter of whether you are two-legged or four-legged that counts. It is a statement of political prejudice.
10:52am Tuesday 5th November 2013
THIS weekend it will be Remembrance Sunday and, as chaplain to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Chapel, I have the annual honour of leading their evocative commemoration at the war memorial in the City and then preaching for the church service.
12:11pm Tuesday 29th October 2013
SO we’ve gone and done it again and mucked around with the clocks. Now it’s dark at 5pm and, in a month’s time, it will be dark at four. Why do we do it when experience and oft-repeated research has proved beyond any doubt that the darker evenings cause more deaths on the roads than darker mornings?
11:59am Tuesday 22nd October 2013
WE are approaching Halloween. This is a weird innovation – when I was a lad growing up in Leeds in the 1950s we contented ourselves with mischief night, November 4, the night before Bonfire Night, when we cheekily knocked on our neighbours’ doors, and then ran away before they could catch us and clip us around the ear.
10:36am Tuesday 15th October 2013
11:33am Tuesday 8th October 2013
LAST Sunday, my wife and I walked the two miles across the golf course here under the South Downs to the 8am Prayer Book Service at St Mary’s parish church and the dewy grass sparkled white like so many dropped sixpences in the brilliant early sunlight.
11:26am Tuesday 1st October 2013
“LET us be quite clear: this appalling, brutal and cowardly scene recently played out in Nairobi is not done in the name of a religion – not in the name of Islam – but in the name of terrorism.” That’s what David Cameron said the other day, so solemnly. He generally speaks solemnly, except when he’s speaking fatuously and, being a man of such oratorical gifts, he is when the occasion demands it, able to be both solemn and fatuous at the same time. As indeed he was the other day. The BBC won’t even go so far as to call these murderous thugs by their correct name: terrorists.
11:01am Tuesday 24th September 2013
OH heck, that’s torn it! Poor old Godfrey Bloom of Ukip just doesn’t understand the rules. He’s been offensive to women, but the only people allowed to be that are footballers, fundamentalist Muslims and all those rap artists so lovingly reviewed by The Guardian.
11:16am Tuesday 17th September 2013
12:22pm Tuesday 10th September 2013
11:26am Tuesday 3rd September 2013
HAS there suddenly occurred a stunning outbreak of good sense? The Commons voted against an attack on President Bashar Assad and it looks as if President Barack Obama – after ten days rattling his sabre and banging his drum – has backed down too.
12:27pm Tuesday 27th August 2013
THAT’S it then, the last Bank Holiday of the year. It’s hard to believe that twothirds of 2013 has gone – with the first four months of it lost in the big chill. So what we all need is some good news.
11:51am Tuesday 20th August 2013
WHATEVER happened to the Arab Spring? It seems ages since all those social media savvy secular youngsters, intoxicated by popular notions of “democracy,” orchestrated revolutions across North Africa and were cheered on by The Guardian, The Independent and The New York Times.
12:00pm Tuesday 13th August 2013
11:20am Tuesday 6th August 2013
BY seven o’clock this morning I’d learnt a new word: “fubbing”. Have you ever fubbed? I haven’t. I’ve done many other things which I’m sure are very reprehensible, but as to fubbing, I’m not guilty, mi’ lord. I’ve cussed on too many occasions. I’ve dozed off in lectures and sermons, and once I even revoked at the village whist drive which nearly got me exiled from all polite company. But no, I ain’t never fubbed and I’m not going to start, for the simple reason that I don’t have anything to fub with.
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