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Questions about the source and execution of power are dominating political discourse, as the Supreme Court has now been asked to rule on whether the Prime Minister’s prorogation of Parliament was lawful. Patrick Riordan SJ draws on a long tradition of political theory to outline the different ways in which political power can be considered to derive from or be given to the populace. So much depends on a preposition. The slogan, ‘power to the people!’ calls for something to be given to some...
Students on their way to ask their MPs to take action on climate change
Thousands of people are gathering in Westminster today, 26 June, to lobby MPs with a simple and clear request for practical action to combat climate change. Jesuit Missions called students, parishioners and other supporters to join them at this mass lobby and share their concerns about climate change with leaders who can make a difference. Among those who answered this call were representatives from Wimbledon College, the Ursuline High School in Wimbledon and St Benedict’s in Ealing. Groups of...
From Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan
Theresa May has warned of ‘paralysis in Parliament’ in the event of her Brexit deal being rejected by the House of Commons on Tuesday 15 January, and called on the MPs who will be voting to support the deal ‘for the country’s sake’. But what does it mean for parliament to do what is for the good of the whole country? Patrick Riordan SJ draws on the philosophies of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Thomas Hobbes to help us think about how the Will of the People can be discovered and acted upon in any...
Houses of Parliament
In 2010, Tony Carroll assessed what the result of the UK General Election said about the country and its future. As we find ourselves with another hung parliament in 2017, he considers how the two situations compare. Have the priorities and concerns of 2010 been replaced, or do we find ourselves in the same boat again seven years later? In May 2010, I wrote an article for Thinking Faith on the outcome of the UK General Election. The article was entitled Hanging in the Balance: The End of...
Polling station at church
Next month, British voters will make another trip to the polling station to cast their ballots in a General Election. Deciding who deserves your vote is never an easy matter and many people are finding it more difficult than ever to decide which party’s path leads towards the common good, Nicholas King SJ included. He explains why a new book might be the perfect tool to help ‘people of goodwill’ decide how to cast their vote. So they have called another election, and the reaction of...
Houses of Parliament
The ways in which British political institutions have responded to uncertainty, debate and public opinion in recent days are fascinating examples of flexibility in governance. On International Day of Democracy, Fr Dermot Preston SJ, Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, reflects on what we learned about the dynamics of power and consultation from last week’s headlines, and on how these same dynamics work in the Society of Jesus. The second week of September 2015 was an eventful seven...
On Rock or Sand
Since grace does not take from nature but perfects it, natural reason should serve faith, just as the natural inclination of the will complies with charity. (St Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Ia Q1 Art8)What a relief from the early sniping of the electoral debate! Ten Christians have contributed serious and substantial essays on the state of the nation to a new collection edited by the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu.The jewel in the crown is the essay by Justin Welby, Archbishop of...
At a time when public discourse in the UK about immigration is increasingly driven by fear and negativity, it is more important than ever to give a voice in the debate to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, says Louise Zanre.  At the beginning of Refugee Week, 16-22 June 2014, she describes how Jesuit Refugee Service projects are attempting to do just that. The tone of the public debate about immigration in the UK has become increasingly hostile over the last twelve months. The...