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Strapped for cash

18/08/13 | Posted by Ian Black | Permalink | (0) Comments

The other day, on a rainy Friday afternoon, I walked past a queue outside a payday loan shop. It was a sorry sight. They looked fed up and on their uppers. The people who use payday lenders are generally struggling with low pay, finding it hard to match the bills to their income, and have difficulty getting credit anywhere else - if that wasn't the case why would anyone turn to a lender charging such large rates of interest. Worst still are the doorstep lenders who use violence when the repayments are not met. But there are better solutions and the growth in credit unions reflects this. More ...

Those Photos

15/09/12 | Posted by HughB | Permalink | (2) Comments

Once again, the media is at odds with itself about what can be defined as “in the public interest”. A well-known PR man has said that royalty should be able to sunbathe topless or enjoy a party with their mates and expect their privacy to be respected while clearly some photographers and editors feel that they are fair game and financially worth the risk of being sued. In the end, I suppose that this is all a question of who defines our identity. Kate, William and Harry can recognise that their positions come with both privilege and responsibility but they have little or no control over how others will perceive that position. More ...

Pots and Kettles

21/06/12 | Posted by HughB | Permalink | (0) Comments

No doubt many of us picked up the recent concern about racism amongst football supporters at Euro 2012. The BBC has seemed especially worried about the matter, devoting a whole Panorama programme to the issue. Mind you, I had to smile when, having discussed racism on Match of the Day, the very same TV presenter in the lead-up to the Germany - Portugal game, pointed out that the Germans had arrived on the pitch pretty early “probably so that they could lay out their towels”. More ...

Justice for the Pasty!

29/05/12 | Posted by HughB | Permalink | (0) Comments

Hurrah! The Government has seen sense. The price of a pasty is going to be the same whether the baker who cooked it serves it hot straight from the oven or allows it to cool. What a relief! That is front page news! More ...

Next Archbishop of Canterbury?

17/03/12 | Posted by Ian Black | Permalink | (0) Comments

With the news that the Archbishop of Canterbury has decided to move on to a new job - who could blame him - speculation about his successor is rife. The postholder has a major role in the life of Christianity in Britain. Here is my shortlist of candidates. More ...

Jesus and the Riots

16/08/11 | Posted by MattPage | Permalink | (0) Comments

It would probably be remiss of us not to write something on the riots, but as by now you’ve probably read or heard all the usual points made again and again, I thought I’d share something about the whole thing that’s been nagging away in the back of my mind. More ...

Good Fish, Bad Fish

20/07/11 | Posted by Sarah-L-B | Permalink | (11) Comments

New York, 2006 - my friends and I were having the time of our lives walking the streets of "The Big Apple". While attempting to locate a particular comic book store we turned a busy corner, at which point I felt a small leaflet being pressed into my hand. No prizes for guessing the message. More ...

The Poor You Will Always Have With You?

30/06/11 | Posted by MattPage | Permalink | (1) Comments

In the last month, the Church of England's two most senior bishops have both spoken out on the issue of poverty in the UK. Rowan Williams' piece in the New Statesman grabbed all the headlines a few weeks ago, but last week also saw the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, tackling the issue in Friday's Guardian. In it he argued the need for us to stand together and recognise that individuals have value regardless of the size of their income. More ...

Jesus Wept

22/06/11 | Posted by MattPage | Permalink | (2) Comments

It's the shortest verse in the whole Bible and occasionally some people even use it to swear, but there's no doubt that John 11:35 - "Jesus wept." - is an odd little verse. According to the gospels, by this point in his ministry Jesus has already brought two people back from the dead and seems to know that he's about to do something similar. And yet there he stands outside his friend's tomb and weeps. More ...

Here Comes the Judge!

05/05/11 | Posted by HughB | Permalink | (0) Comments

So it seems that Osama bin Laden has been found and his death perhaps underlines the truth of Jesus’ words, “all who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). More ...

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