Watching our words and deeds

Statement from Christians on the Left regarding antisemitic, abusive and intolerant behaviour

‘Within European culture, the root of all racism, I think is found in antisemitism. It goes back more than 1000 years in Europe. Within our Christian tradition, there has been century upon century of these terrible, terrible hatreds in which one people, who at the same time have contributed more to our culture as a people than almost any other that one can identify, that one people are also hated more specifically, more violently, more determinedly, more systematically than any other people.’ – Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury 2017

Respect, dignity, tolerance, watching our words and deeds; all things we value highly as Christians on the Left, along with the ability to disagree robustly but well and the ability to speak out against persecution and hatred.

Events over the last few months have shone a spotlight on the worst of how we behave towards one another. The unacceptable antisemitic remarks and racist behaviour displayed in public, over social media and within communities have all shown a need for relational restoration.

As Christians on the Left, we believe that antisemitic, xenophobic, racist and other personal attacks are absolutely unacceptable. 

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Meet Ann Pettifor

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.

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Global Week of Action for Tax Justice April 3rd - 9th 2017

And Protest at PricewaterhouseCoopers head office, Villiers St, London, April 5th, 12 – 1 pm

mossack_fonsecaThe 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...

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Tax Whistleblower's Appeal Fails

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.

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My Experience of the Copeland Campaign

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.

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Byelection Candidate Gillian Troughton on BBC Sunday Politics

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:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01hq1h6

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Praying for 2017

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:

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The Copeland By-Election: Facing a Task Unfinished

gillian_troughton_labour.jpgRachel 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. 

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Gillian Troughton for Copeland

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One Day Without Us

www.1daywithoutus.org

One Day Without Us imagines what the UK would actually be like for a single day without migrants? The impact would be disastrous with economy, food supply, health service, education system, transport system and much more being crippled.
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