Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Religion Question in the Census: ‘A Vital Tool of Communal Service Provision’

This is an updated piece cross-posted from Eretz Acheret, with a new title. This year’s decennial census of England and Wales may be the last of its kind, but if so, at a cost of $782 million, it will go … Continue reading

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Revealed in the Arabian Gulf: the Values-Shaped Hole at the Heart of Cameron’s Government

When I saw David Cameron defending his ‘passionate’ belief in the Big Society, I found myself giving him credit for his sincerity. My opinion of the policy, idea, concept, or whatever you want to call it, was damning—the Tories just … Continue reading

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The Libyan Crisis: Western Complicity and Why Action is Unlikely to Follow UN Security Council Condemnation

We might wish it was like the Egyptian revolution – and the fact that it isn’t may be making some people avert their gaze – but despite the fragmentary images of horror, the absence of a continuous Al Jazeera-type visual … Continue reading

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Why I’m Not Doing a Lance Armstrong and Retiring from Running, Just Yet

I’ve never tested positive for drugs and can still manage 7 miles across the Heath on a cold February morning, but, like Lance Armstrong—if you’ll excuse the comparison—perhaps, after 6 marathons in 10 years, it’s also time for me to … Continue reading

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A Sensitive Television Drama on the Israel-Palestine Conflict

This piece is cross-posted from Eretz Acheret where it was published today. British television viewers are currently being treated to a 4-part dramatised lesson in the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict. And so far, there has been virtually none of … Continue reading

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A Few Things I Learnt From the Egyptian Revolution

On Thursday and Friday I was glued to the internet and rolling news on the television. Along with millions around the world I was able to share in the frustration, pain and then euphoria of the Egyptian people as they … Continue reading

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Could 61-Year Old Rabbi Julia Neuberger Become Britain’s Foremost Jewish Leader?

This piece is cross-posted from Eretz Acheret, where it was published under a different title. Hard on the heels of the announcement that Jonathan Sacks is retiring as Chief Rabbi of Britain’s mainstream orthodox denomination comes news of a new … Continue reading

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Egyptian Revolutions: 1919 and 2011

Gripped by the Egyptian uprising from the very beginning, as I followed events hour-by-hour my thoughts turned to Naguib Mahfouz’s masterpiece, The Cairo Trilogy. Although my memory of the details of the first volume, Palace Walk, is very patchy, I … Continue reading

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Hague Rebukes Israel for ‘Belligerent Language’, But Who’s Listening?

Whether he was talking sense or not there is something rather pathetic about British Foreign Secretary William Hague’s intervention in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Interviewed by the BBC during his tour of a number of Middle Eastern countries, he said: Amidst … Continue reading

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Cameron’s Attack on Multiculturalism: Deja Vu All Over Again

My heart sank when I heard that David Cameron was to make a speech at a security conference in Munich attacking ‘state multiculturalism’. There have been so many negative speeches and comments made about multiculturalism by prominent politicians and public … Continue reading

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