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Front-line report

IT WOULD have made a splendid TV comedy programme — except that it was real life, with real consequences. The almost unbelievable events of the referendum campaign and its aftermath contradicted the idea that politics is boring

Between the lines

THE first battle of the Somme resolves, ideologically speaking, into the expected national stereo­typical conflict between, on the one hand, grim adherence to a theoret­ical concept, and, on the other, a prag­­matic flexibility to deal with the actual situation

Our earthly home

NO LASTING habitation. Wander­ing Arameans. Strangers and pil­grims. The concept of our having on this earth no permanent home is shot through the scriptures, helping us to empathise with our neigh­bours for whom this is no mere theological model, but the lived day-to-day reality. And if anyone coul...

The way you say it

WHAT is it that really communicates? Surely it is the matter, the material, and the arguments adduced. This is why you spend a day and a half preparing each sermon, researching commentaries and theological expositions, presenting an unassailable case. This seems to me essentially misguided — and, even worse, an attitude largely Protestant

Flight from horror

WHAT TV programme could better fit the Church Times reader­ship profile than Trainspotting Live (BBC4, Monday, Tuesday, Wed­nes­day of last week)? That would surely be my column’s main topic. But such innocent pleasures were hijacked by a more sobering, more urgent concern. It is a clerical commonpl...

Turning a page

”AS EASY as ABC” would make more sense if recast as “as near-impossible as ABC”. The terrific B Is For Book (BBC4, Tuesday of last week) followed the trials and tribulations of reception-year chil­dren at Kingsmead School, Hack­ney, as they learned their letters. Expectations are now far higher than...

Marx in context

DESTROYING religion would be an essential first step towards creat­ing an equitable world order. This was a central tenet of the Hegelian stu­dent drinking-club whose mem­bers included the hero of Bettany Hughes’s Marx: Genius of the mod­ern world (BBC4, Thurs­day of last week)

Behind the scenes

AS FAR as producing this column is concerned, the climax of my year is the annual Sandford St Martin Awards for Religious Broadcasting

Bard and fascism

A THOROUGHLY miserable Bank Holiday Monday (except for those of you with the wit to live in the north) brightened into something like glorious Technicolor with the screening of BBC1’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This was a partnership

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