Simon Barrow's blog

Religion, higher education and critical thinking

In just 72 hours, hundreds of messages have been transmitted in opposition to the University of Stirling's proposal to close its programme on religion with immediate impact [see links below].

Budget: so what's the alternative?

Inevitably budgets produce criticism, and just as inevitably the cry "what would you do?" or "what's the alternative?" Our good friend and stalwart Tax Research policy analyst and change-agent Rich

Resources for following the 2015 Summer Budget

What kind of Britain will be assumed and prefigured in today's budget. "Where your treasure is, there is your heart also," as the ancient wisdom of the Christian gospel reminds us.

Hopeful reasons for the Greek people to vote 'No'

The referendum in Greece on Sunday 5 July 2015 is an important moment in history.

Vote in the Mirror poll on benefit cuts and Christian values

We are pleased to note that in addition to reporting the letter from leading Catholics critiquing Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, over the appalling impact of benefit c

Media assumptions about austerity: Varoufakis on 'Newsnight'

Greece's new finance minister, Dr Yanis Varoufakis, has made quite an impact during the first few days of the Syriza administration, as he tours both the television studios and (more importantly) the European finance ministers to seek a different approach to the Eurozone crisis.

'Keep the memory alive': Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

Events are taking place around the British and Irish isles to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Tuesday 27 January 2015. The theme for this year is 'Keep the memory alive'.

'Even It Up' campaign against global inequality steps up a gear

Extreme inequality is threatening to undo much of the progress made over the past 20 years in tackling poverty, says the charity Oxfam.

The radical King: dignity, labour and MLK

While some heavily red (in this case, right-wing Republican) areas of the United States downplay or even ignore Martin Luther King Day, it has generally won widespread support across the country since it was introduced in 1983 to mark his birthday.

Martin Luther King and freely nonviolent speech after Paris

This year (2015), Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US falls on 19 January – the third Monday of the month. It is an observance which is gaining traction in other parts of the world, too, where the legacy of the civil rights campaigner and Baptist minister is an an iconic symbol of freedom for people of both religious and other belief the world over.