The Hobbit and Life of Pi

There have been some wonderful movies showing over Christmas and the New Year. Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, based on Yann Martel’s novel of the same name, is spell bindingly good. The story revolves around a 16-year old Indian boy called Piscine Molitor, "Pi" Patel, who...

Dickens – Faith and Fiction

In this bicentenary year of his birth the best new biography of the life of Charles Dickens life is by Claire Tomalin – and later in the year she will deliver one of my Roscoe Lectures in Liverpool to celebrate the bicentenary...

Lord David Alton

For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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High Court’s Welcome Decision To Allow A Challenge To A Barbaric Law

The High Court’s decision to grant permission to hear a landmark case. It has allowed  Heidi Crowter, a 24-year-old with Down’s Syndrome and Máire Lea-Wilson whose boy Aidan has Down’s to challenge a discriminatory and barbaric law which kills 90% of Down’s babies-...

Nigerian teacher and school children Ezra Bako, Miracle Saitu Danjuma, Favour Danjuma, Happiness Odoji, and Christiana Madugu Have Been Released – but Leah Shairbu remains in captivity and the atrocities of Boko Haram and Fulani Militias continue.

Nigerian teacher and school children Ezra Bako, Miracle Saitu Danjuma, Favour Danjuma, Happiness Odoji, and Christiana Madugu Have Been Released - but Leah Shairbu remains in captivity and the atrocities of Boko Haram and Fulani Militias continue. In Parliament I...