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For this relief. . .

Leader: The C of E perhaps does not deserve to feel proud of itself, but it can feel relieved, and thankful

Doubling up in RS

Leader: The new proposal that the exam syllabus for GCSE and A level should make the study of two religions compulsory is welcome

Purpose of poppies

Leader: Remembrance Sunday is not a great anti-war rally, though this would be a perfectly logical development. Certainly it should be nearer this than a celebration of military prowess, which it sometimes too closely resembles

Saints and spirits

Leader: Beyond excusing heavy drinking and indulgence in the macabre among the twenty-somethings, today's Hallowe'en frolics mostly have little spiritual or religious impact here, because the context of a society in which a deep-rooted belief in spirits and demons in general no longer exists

Welcome to our world

Leader: What was really radical about this synod was the publication of voting figures for each clause in the final document. From this we discover that a significant minority, 62 to 118, voted against the watered-down statement about homosexual people

NHS in crisis

Leader: THE next General Election will not be won on the issue of health. Prominence will be given to the economy (correctly), welfare (ideally), immigration (regrettably), and personality (disastrously)

A hard landing

Leader: The trouble with growth, unless is it accompanied by environmental regulation and technical innovation, is that carbon emissions grow proportionately

War in stages

Leader: It is possible that the UK will find itself involved in a war of indeterminate length without ever really having agreed to it

An important game

Leader: People need to be particularly hard of heart to shun political or religious opponents after they have played against them on the sports field

After the fire

Leader: Like the world's climate, the charity sector appears to be experiencing more extreme giving patterns

Bearing costs in mind

Leader: Few outside the medical profession know the extent of mental illness as well as teachers and the clergy: teachers, because all life passes through their classrooms; clergy, because, with good fortune, those who are distressed are often drawn to churches

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