The Battle for the EU

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The battle to stay in the EU is now very much on.

This is an excellent briefing written on the EU referendum by Martin Holst, our South West Rep. There are also some extremely useful resources and further reading at the bottom:- be careful, even the most ardent Eurosceptic may be convinced!!

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The worker deserves his wages

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God has made clear through his Word His desire that everyone should have a fair share in the world’s resources and that excessive hording of wealth, whilst others go without, is an evil for which we will be judged. Jeremy Horton argues why Jeremy Corbyn is right to demand a fairer sharing of profits 

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Where now for Junior Doctors?

The AuthorOn Thursday, after engaging in talks with the BMA since November, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that the government will plough ahead with imposition of a new contract affecting 56,000 junior doctors in England in August 2016. What now? 

 

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Faith in Labour - Why Faith has a key role in a renewed Labour Party

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Steven Saxby is a CotL member, a Vicar at St Barnabas Church in Walthamstow, and chairs the Unite Union Faithworkers group. Here, he shares with us how his faith in God and his calling to politics began at exactly the same time - and why the two are so importantly entwined.

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Fossil-Free Faith

rising-sea-level1.jpgChristian environmentalist Jonny Hanson encourages the Irish churches to tackle climate change by divesting their pensions and other investments from fossil-fuels. Queens University Belfast are also hosting a panel discussion at the end of February, see here.

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What would I change

Joan Smith who has been a member of the labour party and CotL/CSM most of her life, took the time to share with us her brief thoughts on the government and also the Labour party. 

I became a member of what was then the Christian Socialist Movement long ago, almost as long as I have been eligible to vote - and I am 91!  It more or less coincided with my membership of the Labour Party.  

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Vision

Alan Doel comments on income, employment and asks how do we prevent a 'hard landing' 
No one else is going to say it, so we Christians must, because it is true and it needs to be handled to prevent a 'hard landing'.
'It' is the fact we are paying ourselves too much. Why else are we borrowing every month? We are not specially investing, it's just for housekeeping. We need to get real, realize that there are huge numbers of educated, aspiring middle class young people in other parts of the world, doing the same jobs as we are at a third of the salary. So our way is unsustainable. Unpalatable news, and not stuff to sell on doorsteps, or be welcomed at policy meetings, but that doesn't stop it happening.  Those who have seen their jobs go elsewhere, will understand; and so will others recently made redundant, who are finding few jobs equivalent to the one they had; and steel industry people too. 

Giving the warning will make us unpopular, even if tempered with telling how it should be handled to provide a 'soft landing', but does anyone think events will not vindicate us?
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COTL seems to fit

Member William Anderson shares his thoughts on COTL. This blog first appeared on Williams website http://the-political-will.co.uk/ January 20 2016

Christians On The Left... This is the only political organization that I am a paid up member of. In Britain it is affiliated to the labour party. In Northern Ireland it has no affiliations.

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Turkey and the war in Syria

Syrian_kurds.jpgBob Glaberson takes a look at the war in Syria and questions the role of Turkey in the region. 

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Do you know the language

images.jpgDecember a time to be festive and a time to learn the language of AGMs. If you have stood for, been elected to a society executive, or are thinking of standing (Christians on the Left executive elections are coming soon) you will enter the world of society speak.

 

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