Friday, 10 June 2011

NEW STATESMAN: OLD FRIEND


Well, there's an almighty stooshie in the media over this week's edition of New Statesman, guest edited by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams!

There's a great deal of objection being voiced over some of the things Dr Williams has said in his editorial, entitled "The government needs to know how afraid people are" that "With remarkable speed, we are being committed to radical, long-term policies for which no one voted". Of course, it doesn't help keep things quiet when that's the quote on the front cover.

I used to subscribe to New Statesman and was a regular reader every week. It was nice to become reacquainted with an old friend - the upshot of my reading this issue and taking an interest in the media controversy surrounding it is that I renew my subscription! And I'll be posting on this blog a host of relevant links in the future, I'm sure.

Much of this issue is themed around religion. There's a particularly good essay by Philip Pullman about being a "C of E atheist"; an interview with Tom Hollander about his BAFTA-winning sitcom, Rev; and the Guest Column by the Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks, on the relationship between religion and Big Society.

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