A butterfly church?

I wrote this provocation paper a couple of days after the referendum for a conference called ‘Where Church and Kingdom Collide’.  I then presented a second version at the conference.  I’d love to hear your thoughts, not so much on the referendum, but on the lessons it might have for the church. The Ripples of Read More …

majority

Today the Scottish National Party (SNP) have been returned to the Scottish Parliament with a majority. As I write there are still 2 regional lists to be declared but the SNP have already 65 seats. That is an astonishing result.  The electoral system in Scotland is a mixture of first past the post and a Read More …

what did you vote for?

It’s been a while now since the General Election. The ConDem coalition seems to have settled in and the world hasn’t come to an end, at least not yet. What has been fascinating is the size, speed and range of political and economic reform that the new partnership wants to force through. The criticism of Read More …

Com-promise

We now have a coalition government.  To achieve this both parties had to compromise. Compromise is one of those interesting words that can be both positive and negative, mostly depending on the person viewing or making the compromise’s opinion.  It can be a noun and a verb. Compromise means: a settlement of differences by mutual Read More …

In The National Interest

All this talk of ‘The National Interest’ as the Conservative and Liberal Democrats try to hammer out some kind of a deal seems a little odd. Firstly, it suggests that the Tories wouldn’t be acting in the national interest if they didn’t have to try and get support. Secondly, it seems to presume that a Read More …

real change

It’s always interesting to see the swing in elections.  This election has seen a general swing from the centre left parties like Labour and the Liberal Democrats to the centre right Conservative party. There wasn’t much of a swing from the left to other left leaning parties.  I find that odd. My friend Leo uses Read More …

addictive

Who knew that nothing would be so interesting? The UK election has resulted in a well and truly hung parliament with some fascinating results. The Liberal Democrat vote went up 1% but their number of seats went down.  The Torys still have only 1 MP in Scotland but the most seats overall.  Labour’s vote went Read More …