A lesson on political morality in Westminster Abbey

A lesson on political morality in Westminster Abbey

The Westminster Abbey Institute hosts two seasons of clamouringly popular lectures a year, one in spring and the other in autumn. This year’s proceedings opened with a series focusing on Integrity in public service. A subject more pertinent given recent events perhaps than it has been for some time. Charged...

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Labour launches 2017 election manifesto

Labour launches 2017 election manifesto

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday (16/5/17) launched the Labour Election Manifesto for 2017 detailing plans to renationalise public services, increase NHS funding and scrap tuition fees for students. In the Manifesto, Corbyn makes a number of tax pledges including plans to lower the threshold for income tax from £150,000...

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Matters of life and death

Matters of life and death

Whilst most people understand the broad outline of what a coroner does, the specifics of the role are as misty to the general public as a Druid’s work itinerary. However, considering that the office of the coroner is one of the oldest in the United Kingdom (predating the Metropolitan Police...

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Westminster Abbey Institute’s Claire Foster Gilbert

Westminster Abbey Institute’s Claire Foster Gilbert

Now in its third year, the Westminster Abbey Institute has seen some of the biggest names in politics, the civil service and the judiciary pass through its doors to bravely voice their views on the value of ethics in decision-making. With the fiercely passionate Claire Foster-Gilbert at its helm, the...

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Financial Paper Weight

Financial Paper Weight

Growing up in the modern world, one of the earliest concepts drilled into us is the inherent value of money. The belief in the fact that these pieces of paper and metal have a value dramatically greater than their constituent elements, is one of the central pillars that keep our...

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Holocaust Memorial Week

Holocaust Memorial Week

An estimated 11 million men, women and children (including 6.5m Jews) were killed in the genocide that has come to be termed the Holocaust. Hitler’s genocide, referred to as Shoah in Hebrew (literally “The Catastrophe”) wiped out two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish population – including an estimated 1.5m children. Holocaust Memorial...

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London has lost air quality control

London has lost air quality control

It has proved a telling couple of years for the growing air pollution disaster faced by city-dwellers worldwide. And in a year that has, according to the UN, been consistently the hottest on record and the third in a row of record-breaking years, it seems that the effects of human...

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Pagan Christmas and Secular Samhain

Pagan Christmas and Secular Samhain

As costume shops and chocolate company do a roaring trade in the lead up to Halloween and premature Christmas adverts are just around the corner Max Feldman searches for the  origins of the Western World’s most popular festivals… In a world where holiday festivals like Halloween and Valentine’s Day seem...

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Going Underground

In order to celebrate the opening of the entrance hall of the Thames Tunnel to the public, Max Feldman examines the history of the “Eighth Wonder of the World” In the 21st century it’s more likely to hear the Circle line described as a circle of hell that Dante didn’t...

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Assassins in Europe; Killing Pope John Paul II

Assassins in Europe; Killing Pope John Paul II

On Wednesday 13th May 1981, Mehmet Ali Ağca, a 23 year old Turkish petty criminal cum-bank robber, fired four shots from within the crowds of St. Peter’s Square that echoed throughout Europe. All of the bullets fired that day entered the body of Pope John Paul II; two tore through...

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