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Two days ago I enjoyed my second visit to the Christian Socialist Movement's church service held in Manchester. The event takes place at the start of the Labour Party Annual Conference and remains a signal of the Party's tangential relationship with its past. Graham Dale's book, God's Politicians (2001) reminded us that Keir Hardy, the founder of the Labour party was himself a member of the Evangelical Union following his conversion under the famous evangelist Dwight Moody.
Yesterday's Sunday Telegraph had a touch of drama about it. The front page headlines said, "British still giving hundreds of millions of pounds in aid to wealthy countries." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
Well it caught my attention. When it came to power in 2011 the coalition government made a historic decision to ring-fence its promise of 0.7% of GDP. For a lot of people the fact that a conservative-led coalition made this kind of commitment is either a minor miracle or a political mystery waiting to be revealed...
I have to confess that I had never heard of Thun before my invitation the 5th Triennial Consultation of the Micah Network in Switzerland. But now I shall never forget. Switzerland is so consistently beautiful. Every visit I have made to this nation has left me with the impression that it would have to try very hard to look untidy. Somehow, its beauty seems to hover above all the condemnation it receives about Swiss bank accounts on a regular basis.
Bishop Tutu has set the cat amongst the pigeons and resurrected the catastrophe of the Iraq war by refusing to appear on a platform with Mr Blair, and insisting that both he and President Bush be tried at the Hague for war crimes.
It’s the morning after the day before yesterday and I'm still running on Jamaican juices. Actually it’s been going on now for quite some time as @Jamaica50 has been gathering pace behind its 50th celebration of independence.
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