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  • Changes without consent

    That the British welfare state needs some fundamental modification seems to be common ground across the political spectrum. The crucial question is how to make changes that carry consent. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, in an article in The Guardian this week, appealed for cross-party consensus on what needed doing.

  • Pope must resist right-wing assaults

    Two counter-narratives are developing in the Catholic Church designed to neutralise some of the more trenchant teachings of Pope Francis. He will run into both of them when he visits the United States in September. One of them, concerning climate change, he will already have heard from the lips of Cardinal George Pell, the Australian who heads the Vatican’s financial machinery.

  • Conscience and the Commons Elena Curti

    Following his election as Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron was grilled by the media about his beliefs as an evangelical Christian. Has the focus on faith, which began with Tony Blair, reached the point where it is harder than ever to hold religious beliefs and play an active role in political life?

  • Iain Duncan Smith replies to his critics The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP

    Earlier this month The Tablet published an open letter from fellow Catholics to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, urging him to rethink his welfare reforms, warning that vulnerable people will be harmed by cuts. He has now responded, defending efforts to incentivise work. We publish his reply below

  • ‘I saw my house falling down’ Nana Anto-Awuakye

    Three months after the worst disaster in living memory killed thousands and left many more homeless, people in Nepal are still struggling. Life is hardest for the Dalit community, the former ‘Untouchables’, and hardest of all for Dalit women

  • All in the mind Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm

    An ambitious study into the impact of these techniques on 7,000 teenagers is the latest manifestation of their popularity. They can, some say, do for mental health what fluoride has done for teeth. What are Christians to make of this secular alternative to prayer?

  • For the love of Creation Ellen Teague

    Christian groups involved in environmental campaigning have seized on the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato si, to show how the ideas he advocates can be implemented at parish level

  • Tragedy in three acts Christopher Allmand

    On 24 April 1915, the very day before the allied landings at Gallipoli, some 250 Armenians were arrested in Constantinople. Before long many of them were dead, early victims of a massacre carried out by agents of the failing Ottoman Empire over the coming years, which was to become known as the Armenian genocide.

  • Boxing clever Laura Gascoigne

    When Marcel Duchamp met Joseph Cornell in New York in the early 1930s, they exchanged vivid recollections of Paris. In the course of the conversation, it came out that the New York-born Cornell had never visited the French capital, but had got all his knowledge of its topography from old travel guides. Duchamp was not easily astonished, but this had him stumped.