Category Archives: Church of England

People with long eyes


“People with long eyes” This is what some native Americans called the scientists setting up a telescope in the mid-west desert; the phrase gave Lucy Winkett’s sermon at the St Paul’s Schools John Colet Day its theme. I sat and listened with long ears … Continue reading

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Reformation The Mallowstreet Party


Vincent Franklin looked out from what used to be the roof of City Telephone Exchange. The Exchange (according to Con Keating) had walls fifteen metres thick and had been built to withstand a nuclear bomb. They’d pulled it down to … Continue reading

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“Pensions that are no more”


Cardinal O’Brien Scotland‘s most senior Catholic, has been very specific in his comments on social inequality. Ostensibly they are aimed at David Cameron, but if the pensions industry think they are absolved, they should think again. (Cardinal O’Brien) said: “When I say poor, I don’t … Continue reading

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We console ourselves when we grieve for Fabrice


The two questions Fabrice Muamba is reported to have asked as he came out of his coma were “did we lose?” and  “why did they stop the match?”. For someone who has been through as much as Muamba did in his childhood, … Continue reading

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Don’t blame Stephen Hester – we made his rules.


If anything is to be learned from current events, it needs to be learned about how the rules are established (not whether they are applied). Continue reading

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THE PHILOSOPHY OF TRUST – Onora O’Neil


I came across this on mallowstreet and thought it relevent to many of the discussions on this blog. I’ve written about ethics and political philosophy all my working life, but until the last two years I did not write on … Continue reading

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10 infrastucture opportunities pension funds cannot ignore!


The Government has announced that it wants UK pension funds to invest in UK infrastructure. This week we saw a slice of Thames Water purchased by the Chinese. I live on the Thames and as dawn rises this morning I’m on “Junk Alert” on “the partially yellow river”. Continue reading

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Domestic bliss at Christmas


Christmas domestic bliss has been in short supply at the Tapper’s ancestral home. Some member’s of the family remember a happy Christmas Day in 1975 but we seem to have been in permanent warfare ever since. This year, the major issues … Continue reading

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He’s not a politician – he’s just a very naughty boy


Clarkson is not a politician, he is an obnoxious controversialist trying to be a comedian Continue reading

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Treasury 1 DWP 0 (Steve Webb o.g. 89 minutes)


I wouldn’t like to be Steve Webb this afternoon. Having protested for the past few weeks that the DWP‘s auto-enrolment timeline was carved in stone, we learn today that employers with 3000 or less employees  (for details follow this link!) will have another year or so to … Continue reading

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