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Profound and probably irreversible changes in the relationships between Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland are a prospect to be welcomed, whatever the actual result of the referendum on Scottish independence next Thursday.
There has been no indication of a split in the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales regarding the forthcoming extraordinary synod in Rome.
A writer in The New York Times, reacting to the horrific execution of a second American journalist by Islamic jihadists, remarked “Isis is awful, but it is not a threat to America’s homeland.” Nobody could say that about Britain.
The heart-rending and in many ways heart-warming story of little Ashya King illustrates a weakness in the way public authorities view parental rights. Ashya, who is five, had an operation for a brain tumour and was kept in hospital while further treatment was arranged.
Public outrage at the full extent of child abuse in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, is heightened by the knowledge that so far no public official has been called to account over the affair. Once again, institutions with a duty to protect children have given greater priority to protecting themselves.
In most armed conflicts in the world, the objectives of each side are reasonably clear. In eastern Ukraine, however, they could not be more confused. In the area of its common frontier, Russia has tried hard to provoke and support an insurrection by so-called separatists. Unlike what happened in Crimea, this does not look like a simple grab for territory.
The Prime Minister’s promise that in future all government policies would be scrutinised for their effects on family life would deserve three hearty cheers if this was the start of his administration. But coming almost at the end, it will strike many people as a little hollow.
At the heart of British policy towards refugees is a contradiction that was tragically illustrated by the discovery of the contents of a sealed shipping container at Tilbury Docks, newly arrived from Belgium. It contained 34 Sikhs fleeing persecution in Afghanistan – and the body of one who died on the way.
There has been widespread criticism, entirely justified, of the British Government’s timid and complacent response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq. This is not to question the bravery of RAF air crew flying missions to drop supplies to the tens of thousands of Yazidi refugees trapped ...
An Australian couple paid a woman living in Thailand to bear a child for them. In fact she gave birth to twins, one of whom had Down’s syndrome. That child is still with the mother who bore him while the Australian woman has the child’s sibling. This much is agreed: almost all the other facts of the case are disputed.