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Podcast: Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, on defending democracy and the harm caused by problem gambling

14 January 2021


The Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, speaks in the House of Lords

The Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, speaks in the House of Lords

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Recent events in the United States show that Western-style liberal democracies may not be as robust as we like to think, the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, writes in a comment article in this week’s Church Times (15 January). The arrest last week of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, and the attempt in 2019 by the British Prime Minister to prorogue Parliament, show that threats to democracy are not confined to the US.

On this week’s podcast, Dr Smith talks about what needs to be done to support democratic government, and what part churches have to play. He also speaks about the campaign that he has led to reduce the harms caused by gambling.


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