SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Stephen Daisley

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March 22, 2018
The poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal was not the work of the Russian state; it was “a complete set-up”. Theresa May had “found this one issue that can boost her”. The attempted murder in a Salisbury restaurant was “a provocation intended to worsen relations even further between Russia and the West”. Whoever was responsible
November 09, 2017
Catholic, conservative, controversial – US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas seldom speaks but when he does, journalists’ notebooks flip open. Last week he gave a rare interview in the course of which he diagnosed the malaise afflicting America. He asked: “What binds us? What do we all have in common any more? I think we
July 07, 2017
While the Pope's hug is part of a practical priesthood, Corbyn's is more sentimental
June 29, 2017
It is not an artful photograph but the image is all the more potent for its simplicity. In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster, Jeremy Corbyn visited the survivors and was pictured hugging a man in a red baseball cap. Corbyn clasps the man tight, eyes closed; there is a sincerity there, a concern
May 04, 2017
It’s the dilemma facing millions of moderate Labour voters: can they in good conscience support their party this time around without endorsing Jeremy Corbyn? This is no mere academic puzzler. Many are horrified at the transformation of their party from Europe’s most successful social democratic movement into a glorified protest group, and one with more
March 23, 2017
For some lapsed Catholics, nationalism fills a void where spirituality once dwelt
March 23, 2017
An old joke sees a Jewish man accosted by some burly types on one of Glasgow’s rougher streets. “You a Catholic or a Protestant?” demands Thug A. The man, panic in his voice, insists: “I’m a Jew!” Thug A takes a step back. There is a pause but the tension remains, until Thug B pipes
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