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Bishop of London's sermon at Margaret Thatchers funeral

Plenty of good things to chew on in Richard Chartres sermon at the funeral today, hearing the introduction on the radio: After the storm of a life lived in the heat of political controversy, there is a great calm. The storm of conflicting opinions...
by Opinionated Vicar on Apr 17, 2013

Big Society Libraries

The scale of the challenge of running a Big Society type library is hinted at in this form supplied by Warwickshire County Council.  It makes a daunting read, but it would be quite possible to add more requirements.
by James Powney's Blog on Mar 14, 2013

Women's Institute on Volunteers

The Women's Institute has published a report arguing that volunteers cannot adequately replace paid staff in libraries.  This has been a fraught subject during the library campaigns.In Brent, we offered to consider having volunteers running our...
by James Powney's Blog on Jan 17, 2013

Your Square Mile

What amounts to an obituary for David Cameron's Big Society can be read here.  What is more interesting are the suggestions in the piece about enriching communities. Despite the discrediting of volunteering by the inadequacies of the Big Society...
by James Powney's Blog on Nov 22, 2012

Big Society is not a child of David Cameron.

The Witch doctor thinks it might be time to revisit a post from from some time ago. She and My Black Cat are not daft. The evidence points to the fact that “The Big Society” is NOT a product of David Cameron’s government. It is a Th...
by Witch Doctor on Aug 18, 2012

The Big Society, Part 2 – Volunteering and My Local Area

In Part 1 I shard my responses to the massobs spring directive on the Big Society questions on the Big Society itself and ‘Community’. In this part the questions are about voluntary work and my local area, here are my … Continue rea...
by Day in the life of a busy gal on Aug 10, 2012

The Big Society, Part 2 – Volunteering and My Local Area

In Part 1 I shard my responses to the massobs spring directive on the Big Society questions on the Big Society itself and ‘Community’. In this part the questions are about voluntary work and my local area, here are my … Continue rea...
by Day in the life of a busy gal on Aug 10, 2012

The Big Society, Part 1 – Overview and Community

For my Mass Observation Spring Directive report one of the topics was the ‘Big Society‘.  I have finally gotten round to writing up my piece on the subject and as I said months ago when I started with massobs I … Continue reading &...

The Big Society, Part 1 – Overview and Community

For my Mass Observation Spring Directive report one of the topics was the ‘Big Society‘.  I have finally gotten round to writing up my piece on the subject and as I said months ago when I started with massobs I … Continue reading &...

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The Lord Judge is the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and is the head of the judiciary and President of the Courts of England and Wales. The Lord Chief Justice is also the presiding judge of the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal. The f...

SRA Solicitors Regulation Authority Corruption Bribery - High Court Judges * Conservative Party HQ * PM Cameron Family BLAIRMORE INC. Tax Haven Trust CONNECTION Revenue & Customs Criminal Investigation Files - SFO * Scotland Yard "Standard of Proof" Prosecution Files - Carroll Trust - Professional Indemnity Insurance Exposé

The Lord Judge is the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and is the head of the judiciary and President of the Courts of England and Wales. The Lord Chief Justice is also the presiding judge of the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal. The f...

Volunteers and Public Libraries

Some of the tensions around volunteer run libraries can be gleaned from the comments on this piece.  I think the points about job substitution and  quality of service are sound ones.  The whole Big Society concept seems to me to b...
by James Powney's Blog on Jul 20, 2012

Fresh Expressions of Gym

A church on Exmoor has stepped in following the closure of a local gym, and is hosting 'bring and share' gymn sessions 5 times a week, with kit brought in from people's homes. Great example of big society stepping in where business has failed, and of...
by Opinionated Vicar on May 9, 2012

Has the Church fallen asleep on its feet?

This is a guest post from Graham Goldsmith who is a regular contributor to this site: Travelling down the M4 last month, there was a real sense of anticipation and excitement. We were on our way to Spring Harvest in Minehead for the third time. Sprin...
by God and Politics in the UK on May 8, 2012

Public Lending Right and Libraries

The bookseller reports on a problem with volunteer run libraries that I had not thought of in my previous post; they don't pay public lending right.  Who would have thought that a Conservative government would want to promote copyright infringem...
by James Powney's Blog on Apr 21, 2012

Taxing the Super Rich

As so often with this government, there is plenty to be appalled at in its proposals on cutting Tax Avoidence.  There is the cynicism that the proposals are simply designed to put George Osborne back on the front foot after his failed budget, th...
by James Powney's Blog on Apr 16, 2012

David Cameron’s Easter message

Apologies for saying that I would be having a break and then posting the very next day, but I felt that this was definitely in need for sharing. David Cameron hosted a reception for Christian leaders at Downing Street this … Continue reading &#...
by God and Politics in the UK on Apr 3, 2012

Legal Challenges in Local Government

The Equality Act, combined with the local government financial crisis engineered by Eric Pickles, has led to a slew of court cases across the countries.  The latest is a challenge to Surrey County Council, which has interesting implications for...
by James Powney's Blog on Apr 3, 2012

City of Carrollton Police - Georgetown University - CRUCIBLE - *USA Founding Fathers USA* - Carroll Maryland Trust - US National Security Case

Archbishop John Carroll January 8 1735 – December 3 1815 the first Roman Catholic bishop and archbishop in the United States of America serving as the ordinary of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Archbishop Carroll is also known as the founder of Geor...

City of Carrollton Police - Georgetown University - Founding Fathers USA - Carroll Maryland Trust - US National Security

Archbishop John Carroll January 8 1735 – December 3 1815 the first Roman Catholic bishop and archbishop in the United States of America serving as the ordinary of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Archbishop Carroll is also known as the founder of Geor...


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