9th May 2015
Have we got the politicians we deserve?
‘Election campaigns are strangely bad times to try to fix things. The day after is a pretty good time to start.’ So what needs to be fixed, and where do we start?
8th May 2015
After the General Election: a politics for all people
The General Election might have returned a Conservative majority government, but the results ‘cannot disguise a deeply divided nation, one which has rarely been more fragile and is heading into a precarious future.’ James Hanvey SJ looks to what lies ahead and suggests that two pillars of Catholic Social Teaching can invigorate politics and allow it to serve, rather than instrumentalise society.
8th May 2015
How do we do a politics for the common good?
David Cameron today returned to Downing Street as the leader of a Conservative majority government. Revd Dr Sam Wells argues that it is not the responsibility of our new government – or of any politicians – to weave the common good into the fabric of society: ‘Doing a politics of the common good means starting at the bottom’.
29th April 2015
United in diversity: Catholic Social Teaching and Europe
Anthony Carroll considers how well the current structures of the EU are fulfilling the initial aims of the union, which have a strong grounding in Catholic Social Teaching.
21st April 2015
Fruit of the earth
Environmental themes have been notably absent from the televised debates between party leaders ahead of the UK General Election, but we should not consider them to be marginal issues. Mark Dowd fashions an ecological lens through which voters can look at the choices with which they will be faced on 7 May.
17th April 2015
The fair minimum: is the Living Wage enough?
Voters may support the commitments of politicians to help those on low wages, but true progress does not depend on politicians alone.
15th April 2015
Rebuild the foundations: social care policy and Catholic Social Teaching
Angela Kitching explores one policy area in particular that can be analysed through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching: what are the principles and calls to action that can inform our judgment of policies on adult social care?
10th April 2015
The debate on immigration: what debate?
Patrick Riordan draws on the debates about migration in political philosophy to call on politicians to offer policies which reflect serious consideration of the issues, values and principles at stake.
1st April 2015
Political mindfulness and the plight of modern Britain
Rosemary Boyle brings a Christian perspective to mindful practice and asks what a political mindfulness might achieve.
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