Artwork by Rowan Abbott

Democracy Inaction

A while back I wrote to my local MP, Jeremy Wright about the conflict in Syria on behalf of Oxfam. I didn’t receive a reply, and so I emailed him asking whether he had received my letter. This got his attention, but unfortunately he was in such a hurry to get back to me (or…

How you can campaign for Oxfam

As someone who has always been interested in the good work that Oxfam does, I recently decided to join their Constituency Campaigner programme. In this role I work with Oxfam to help the more than one billion people around the world who are in poverty by participating in political lobbying and campaigning. I have written letters to…

Artwork by Jack Branscomb

Celebrity Juice

I am not pro monarchy. Firstly, I just think it’s a bit silly. Secondly, it’s anachronistic, flies fervently in the face of equality and secularism, is neither derived from an implicit nor explicit popular mandate from the people, not to mention the fact that it is a tremendous burden placed upon the royals without their…

Artwork by http://www.rowanabbottstudio.co.uk/

Equality at the mercy of a vote

I was recently asked “Why should we care what the Church does?” in response to my criticism of the General Synod’s failure to pass a motion allowing women to become Bishops in the Church of England. As a male atheist it seems that what I was being asked was really this: ‘Why get so worked up about…

The Definition of Love

I’ve read yet another article recently about a set of prominent religious figures joining the rally against the legislation of gay marriage. First of all, let’s be clear about what this new bit of law actually is. Up until now same-sex couples have been able to enter into a civil partnership by either a secular or a…