Genocide is the right word

Genocide and the holocaust are in the news ‘Genocide’ got Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, into trouble at COP26. because he said climate change could cause many deaths and people would blame today’s world leaders. He likened the situation...

Matthew – a short story

Matthew the Priest ? Matthew was always going to be a priest. His father was a fisherman who had made a lot of money and owned his own boat. Later he acquired another boat and all his sons worked both boats, in cheerful competition. However, there was one clever one...

Realism is there in the gospels

Realism? Am I joking? Realism is not the word that comes to mind when you think of stories full of miracles. However, it is one of the factors which leads some people to think they are history. That is something I did not mention when I last wrote about the gospels as...

Hypocrisy! How British is it?

Hypocrisy can’t be British, can it? Hypocrisy is something we always deny, because nobody likes a hypocrite. We love to say what we mean and mean what we say, don’t we? How could anyone think otherwise? Surely, I can’t include this in my list of what...

Free speech is a British value.

Free speech is controversial Free speech means different things to different people, but we all think it’s a Good Thing. It fits with two things I have already written about in my series on Britishness: Multiculturalism and our Sense of Humour. That is because...