The late David Jenkins, Bishop of Durham

Following the death of David Jenkins on September 4th, I want to bear witness in my own small way to his great stature as a man and true priest.

The first obituaries I read gave prominence to his Virgin Birth and Resurrection “denials.”  And of course, in his time, he was called “The Red… Continue reading The late David Jenkins, Bishop of Durham

Poems for… Self at Sea

Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmtDPbcyves for a new collection of 30 poems on mental distress. The video is a recording of my voice as I read each short poem. You can see the text of the poem onscreen at the same time.

It has taken several years to put the collection together. It was funded… Continue reading Poems for... Self at Sea

Sayings

Reaching for words
is like searching the earth
for stones
and then shaping them
one after the other
into a path.

 

 

Your words took my breath away.

They killed me with their song.

They made my womb turn over.

Sing to me again.

 

The… Continue reading Sayings

Can Liberal Democracy Survive our Tumult ?

Can liberal democracy survive our tumultuous, bewildering, frightening, dangerous times ? Can it surmount them ? Can it direct the flailing social forces at work towards positive solutions, a viable human future ?

As things stand, it seems not to be coping at all. It is surely in great danger of allowing and even… Continue reading Can Liberal Democracy Survive our Tumult ?

Post “Brexit” Blues and Bubbling Ferments

Here I have collated various addresses I have come across or been sent during the past few weeks. They link to various initiatives and/or reflections which I find interesting and helpful, following the referendum decision and the course – “Brexit means Brexit” – which appears to have been set for our unknown destination on the… Continue reading Post "Brexit" Blues and Bubbling Ferments

Democracy & the Lie: do they go hand in hand ?

During July, two articles by Andreas Whittam Smith appeared in The Independent newspaper on successive days.  Here are the links to them: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/broken-democracy-spin-doctors-destroyed-uk-politics-theresa-may-repair-it-a7135146.html ; http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/fix-broken-democracy-smash-political-class-two-simple-things-a7137131.html

Whittam Smith co-founded The Independent and his two pieces are worth reading. They explore the Brexit campaign’s “victory” and contain proposals for starting a process of… Continue reading Democracy & the Lie: do they go hand in hand ?

Report

I wish to report a strange man

of average height, indeterminate

skin colour but a knowing look

who sidled into town today

wearing an immaculate top hat

and shoddy trainers.

He said he was searching

for a convenient park

popular with the townspeople

where he could… Continue reading Report

Six Truth Works Three Tattoos

Here in the UK, recent elections and this Summer’s cataclysmic EU referendum have been opportunities for liars, demagogues and PR specialists to practice their skills on the population, in order to sway it to their will. The phenomenon is not unique to the UK, nor of course is it unprecedented.

But the pervasive dishonesty… Continue reading Six Truth Works Three Tattoos

“The People” is Sovereign. To defraud the sovereign is a capital offence.

In the UK following its EU referendum, “the People’s Will” is a phrase now often being quoted with reverence as something unarguable, final, almost sacred, however uncomfortable.

The phrase is being quoted most often and with greatest reverence by the

Three Poems post-Brexit

 

Last Stand

 

The hyphen between

I and Thou

is our last stand

and foothold.

There’s nowhere else

to retreat to. No set answer

no fixed place. Centuries back

the desert fathers came here

and left strange word behind

among… Continue reading Three Poems post-Brexit

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