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The British Caliphate

Now here’s a strange thing: the media are usually obsessed with politics, but they’ve been very quiet ahead of the Clacton by-election to be held tomorrow. Why this odd neglect…

Demonising the free markets

Peter Mullen It is dispiriting to observe both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church persisting in their irrational and uniformed criticisms of free markets. Leaders of both…

Pope Francis on non-believers

Pope Francis on non-believers

When it comes to the succeeding of Pope Benedict by Pope Francis, it is becoming clearer by the minute that what we have gained in image-presentation and sound-bites we have…

Unfracked priests

Unfracked priests

The Diocese of Blackburn has produced a leaflet that declares (falsely, of course) that “Fracking presents a choice between economic gain and a healthy environment.” They add: “The time we…

All you need is love – and the Ten Commandments

All you need is love – and the Ten Commandments

  We should sympathise with the Archbishop of Canterbury in his embarrassment over the payday loans affair. First we had his bullish statement that the church was going to put…

Have A Heart

Have a Heart Every morning Radio Four presents news and current affairs in The Toady Programme and between 7.30 and 8.00 there are two regular three-minutes “slots.” One is called…

Dead Bored Spies

Dead Bored Spies An unprecedented number of American spies have dropped dead. I read the full report, thinking the cause of this misfortune might be the subtle poisons administered to…

Temple Prostitutes

Temple Prostitutes How am I supposed to write entertaining satirical articles when reality is too daft to laugh at? The Reverend Ian Gregory beats me every time. But Mr Gregory…

Girl Guides Drop God

The Girl Guides have dropped God. The Guide Promise about duty to God was amended in 1994 in case “duty” might be construed as too onerous and carry unfortunate connotations…

Here Be Devils

Thank goodness Stephen Fry failed in his last year’s suicide attempt. Just think how insufferable his boasting would have been had he succeeded. When a comedian attempts suicide, the instinct…

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