Politics and the world today can seem confusing. We can feel trapped by the ‘paralysis of analysis’ – not knowing what to pray for – so we simply stop praying. There are so many things on our radars that spark complex emotions, and a feeling of ‘Can I even pray for that, ask that question or feel that anger?’ can sometimes cloud our ability to know where to begin.
Prime Minister Theresa May has just announced her intention to hold a snap General Election on 8th June, despite previously saying that she has absolutely no intention to do so this year. But what did she really say in her announcement, and are the reasons she gives actually what they seem?
Ann Pettifor will be one of the main speakers at the Tawney dialogue this Wednesday. Read on to find out about her and her views.
And Protest at PricewaterhouseCoopers head office, Villiers St, London, April 5th, 12 – 1 pm
The Global Alliance for Tax Justice has called a Week of Action for the first week of April, to coincide with the first anniversary of the ‘Panama Papers’. These were the 11 million files from the Panama law firm of Mossack Fonseca, exposed by a whistle-blower and showing how companies and wealthy individuals avoid tax by using offshore centres. This information has been invaluable in exposing the tricks and ruses used to hide from the tax authorities...
Suspended Jail Sentence and Fines Upheld in Luxembourg
The convictions of the two whistle-blowers who gave the world the ‘Lux-leaks’ stories have been upheld, although their suspended prison sentences have been reduced, writes Christian on the Left David Haslam, who has been following this story.
The appeals of Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet resulted in a six-month suspended jail sentence for Deltour, with a 1500 euros fine, and a 1000 euro fine for Halet, his suspended sentence was quashed. The journalist Edouard Perrin was again acquitted.
Last week, director Andy Flannagan, executive member Heather Staff and volunteer Matthew Judson visited Cumbria to campaign for Gillian Troughton, a Christians on the Left member and the Labour candidate in the forthcoming Copeland by-election. Matthew, a gap year student who had not previously been involved in a political campaign, shares some of his experiences and reflections.
Our long-term member and Copeland by-election candidate Gillian Troughton was in the BBC TV studio this week, recording for BBC One's Sunday Politics with Andrew Neil (airing 12th Feb 11am).
If you can, do tune in to hear what she has to say or watch it on iPlayer this week. The Sunday Politics homepage can be found here:
Still not sure how to pray for the coming year? Nearly 6 weeks in, our member and volunteer Hannah wasn't sure either. Next Wednesday 15th February, we will unite across the country to pray for our communities. We also want to lift up to God our MPs, our government, our nation and our world.
But where to start? The Bible is always a good place, so turning to Jesus' example of how to pray, she wrote this for us:
Rachel Burgin writes about a task unfinished in the Copeland by-election stating that CotL member Gillian Troughton 'is exactly what we have been yearning for in our MPs'. She calls on members to defy the odds and get behind Gillian.
“What on earth happened there?” That seemed to the be the immediate response to the selection of Gillian Troughton as Labour party candidate.
I don’t blame them. After all, the national media had all but decided that the outcome of the selection was a foregone conclusion. There was a “favourite” they said. And it wasn’t Gillian Troughton. But I wasn’t entirely convinced that this was based on any conversations with members of the Copeland Labour party.
There have been all sorts of stories swirling around in both the local and national media about the conduct of the Copeland selection. I don’t intend to repeat those rumours here.
I can tell you what Gillian had at her disposal. She had no campaign website, no mailshots, she had a handful of friends making a few phone calls and she was sending emails to the 473 members the old-fashioned way.