Opinion PUBLISHED: 17:56 18 June 2019 | UPDATED: 17:58 18 June 2019 James Marston Conservative party leadership contender Boris Johnson JONATHAN BRADY James Marston says quiet time and contemplation has become an important part of his life - and is a good way of avoiding the ongoing political shenanigans Silence - I wonder if it's something we don't have enough of. Next week, as regular readers will know, I am to get made deacon at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral - an event which heralds not only the end of two years at college in Cambridge, but the beginning of my ministry in the Church of England. Over the last two years I have sort of rediscovered the advantages of being quiet. It is, of course, in the context of Christian prayer, but it is also something I think those with or without faith can benefit from. Many years ago, when I was starting out in journalism, my first news editor told me that being a journalist isn't about writing, or talking, or saying stuff, it is about … [Read more...] about Why silence is golden for myself… and for Boris
Why vote is important
Turkey has gone through a surprising local elections period. On the positive side, we shall emphasize the participation rate, almost 85 percent, which underlines a very important issue: Turkish society believes in the functioning of its democracy. That is a very good sign in a period where, in most democratic countries, people turn away from the ballots or elect non-political actors to government.On the negative side, the elections took place in a very dire period, economically speaking. The Turkish economy has shown negative growth in two quarters in a row, which means recession in financial terms. The Turkish currency, once quite stable, has been under heavy pressure and duress for over a year. The central bank has not been able to totally offset the consequences of the depreciation and devaluation.I have written in an article, during the night of the elections, while the results were being slowly conveyed to the public opinion, "unless there is a huge surprise after the official … [Read more...] about Why democracy is important for economics
Meanwhile, here in the UK, all eyes will be on the results, not because many people actually care who their MEPs are, or indeed know what happens in the European Parliament, but because the results of this will be seen as a proxy for the country’s views of Brexit and a predictor of results in any forthcoming general election. And this is how parties will be treating it as they now get into campaign mode and, in some cases, launch for the first time. Following disagreements with UKIP, Nigel Farage launched his new Brexit Party on 12 April, which he said would have the same policies as UKIP, the difference being not one of policy but of personnel. Farage had objected to UKIP working with individuals from the far right such as Tommy Robinson and Carl Benjamin and its perceived Islamophobia. He promised that the new party would be “deeply intolerant of all intolerance”. The Brexit Party has yet to provide any polices other than leaving the EU, but we should not … [Read more...] about Another meaningful vote: how important is the European Parliament election?
Forget Man U vs. Man City. Forget Rangers vs. Celtics. Forget Tottenham vs. Arsenal. The only rivalry we care about here in Cambridge is the centuries old one between us and Oxford. Even if you aren't from the area you would have to be living under a rock to not know about the classic battle of the university cities. The rivalry began centuries ago when they were the only two cities with universities in England. And with events like the Boat Race coming up this weekend the rivalry is still very much alive and kicking (or rowing we should say). For those of here in Cambridge there is always going to be an outright winner. And just to clarify in case you're in any doubt which city is the better, take a look at our reasons below: 1. Cambridge is cleverer Cambridge has more Nobel prizes than the whole of Germany, and of course the trickle down effect means we're all much brighter here in Cambridge. Hey we chose to live in Cambridge, didn't we? poll loading Which is better - Cambridge … [Read more...] about 18 reasons why Cambridge is better than Oxford
0 Have your say As Vladimir Putin turns his eye on Scotland, the SNP has been visiting states in the Baltic and elsewhere to find out how they respond to the Kremlin’s meddling, write Andrew Foxall and James Rogers. Scotland is in the Kremlin’s sights. Since Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin in 2012, he has set Russia on a collision course with the West. He wants to weaken the Atlantic alliance, to divide Nato, and to undermine the European Union. He is particularly interested in small European states, whether established or aspirant, and sees them as weak links in the Euro-Atlantic community, vulnerable to Russia’s malign influence.Putin believes the post-Cold War international order is unfair. This idea is not new or his alone, but it has assumed heightened importance as Russia’s oil-fuelled economic growth rates of the early 2000s have been replaced by recession and stagnation. No longer able to generate domestic legitimacy through … [Read more...] about Here’s why Scotland is in sights of Putin’s Russia – Andrew Foxall and James Rogers