Sunday, August 31, 2008

Church Hunting part 2

This morning I went to a Calvary Chapel. Calvary Chapel is an American denomination. They have only a few churches in the UK, the largest I attended while I was a student in York. They are Dispensational and non-Calvinist/non-Arminian in theology. They are nomminally Charismatic but do not allow speaking in tongues in worship and a big critics of excesses within the Charismatic movement. They tend towards informality and favour modern rock music worship.

When I attended a Calvary Chapel in York, I had plenty of issues with them. But I seem to have issues with every church I have attended. I would like to think I am more mature than I was when I was 20 and attending that church in York.

I did not like the rock music worship at this Calvary Chapel and while the topical lecture was very good, I tend to think that an expository sermon is more appropriate for a Lord's Day morning service. Nevetheless, there are reasons why going to this church might be good for me. It is a vibrant and growing church with a lot of young people. I appreciate their casual dress and informality. And I agree with most of their theology. The fact I am studying John Nelson Darby was received well.

In the evening I returned to the Brethren assembly in the evening. They were very pleased to see me again. I suppose they probably like having somebody coming who is under the age of sixty. They gave me a leaflet about their doctrine and practice, presumably this was in case I desired to be received into fellowship (surpisingly this assembly uses the word 'member').

This assembly's position is that only members can break bread. I presume they are Open Brethren, yet ironically their position is stricter than that of J.N. Darby who advocated what I would call 'qualified open communion' (oops, don't give away stuff from my thesis..).

They use the Golden Hymnal (aka Golden Bells) which is my favorite hymnal. Definitely better than that Reformed slanted Christian Hymns.

Some Joik music

YouTube: Nord Joik

Some Joik singing accompanied by a baritone ukulele.

Joik singing is the traditional music of the Sami people of Lapland.

Call me an European world music elitist, but this stuff is much better than that American Country music.

Friday, August 29, 2008

You Tube: Joy in South Ossetia and Abkhazia

You Tube: Joy in South Ossetia and Abkhazia

Is this just Russian propoganda?

Questioning the West

How come it is okay for the UK and the USA to recognise Kosovo, but it is really bad for Russia to recognise South Ossetia?

Why do allegations of ethnic cleansing in Kosovo lead to military action by the US, but the Russian response to allegations of ethnic cleansing in South Ossetia lead to immediate condemnation by the western media?

Does anybody else feel our media has an appalling bias against Russia?

Lancaster Unity: Evidence of Extremist Infiltration of US Military Grows

Lancaster Unity: Evidence of Extremist Infiltration of US Military Grows

White supremacists and Neo-nazis are a dangerous lot. The thought of people like that entering the US military is very worrying.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Indian Takeaway

I was in Poole with my sister and her partner. We had an Indian takeaway.

I had a sheek kebab to start. Followed by a lamb chilli massalla (don't think I have had that dish before) accompanied with pilau rice and keema naan (naan bread with minced meat inside).

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

American Country Music #4 (Antonio started this)

by Rose~

An old song written and sung by a rock diva who sounds like she may have been a country singer/songwriter at heart. This is actually a demo of the song - many years later it was recorded with a rock band (FMac) on one of their more successful LPs.

Franziskaner


My knowledge and experience of German beers is very limited, but one German beer that I have tried and really like is Franziskaner (Franciscan).

This is a wheat beer with a strong taste of apples. Definitely one of the best wheat beers I have tried.

Guardian: The kind of cop we need

Guardian: The kind of cop we need

'Europeans adore Obama, but long-term global security calls for a strong leader, in Bush's mould'

Tim Montgomery

You don't get many articles in the Guardian praising Bush.

Guardian: Encourage migrants to stay to boost economy - report

Guardian: Encourage migrants to stay to boost economy - report

'A thinktank close to the government has criticised current immigration policy, issuing a warning that the entrepreneurial spirit and inventive flair of migrant communities will be lost to the UK unless ministers change their thinking.'

This report correctly points out that a points-based immigration system overlooks the potential benefits that unskilled migrants can bring.

Times: Don't panic, we have nothing to fear from an ageing society

Times: Don't panic, we have nothing to fear from an ageing society

'In 20 years' time half the population will be over 50, bringing new challenges - but many benefits - to all'

Sarah Harper

For once, an optimistic take on demographic change.

Please don't leave any comments about Europe being swamped by hordes of Mulsim immigrants. Those are very tedious and misinformed.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Times: Biden is no threat to Obama - but no asset

Times: Biden is no threat to Obama - but no asset

'In rejecting Hillary Clinton for a politician with a murky record, the presidential candidate may have lost the White House'

Article by William Rees-Mogg

I think Obama is a fool for snubbing Hillary as running mate. There would have been a political risk in taking her, but the risk in not taking her is far greater.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Church hunting

I tried two churches today.

In the morning I attended a non-denominational church. According to a church directory, it is Pentecostal, but nobody spoke in tongues during the service.

In the evening I attended a Brethren assembly. Sadly, like many Brethren assemblies it had seriously declined in numbers.

Narnian Cosmology

My all-time favorite of the Chronicles of Narnia books is 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.' I like the surreal nature of some of the episodes within it.

There is a fascinating piece of dialogue in 'The Voyage of the Daw Treader':

'Do you mean you were flying in the air?' Eustace blurted out.

'I was a long way above the air, my son,' replied the Old Man. 'I am Ramadu. But I see you stare at one another and have not heard that name. And no wonder, for the days when I wa a star had ceased long before any of you knew this world, and all the constellations have changed.'

'Golly,' said Edmund under his breath. 'He's a retired star.'

'Aren't you a star any longer?' asked Lucy.

'I am a star at rest, my daughter,' answered Ramandu. 'When I set for the last time, decrepit and old beyond all that you can reckon, I was carried to this island. I am not so old now as I was then. Every morning a bird brings me a fire-berry from the valleys in the Sun, and each fire berry takes away a little of my age. And when I have become as young as the child that was born yesterday, then I shall take my rising again (for we are at earth's eastern rim) and once more tread the great dance.'

'In our world,' said Eustace, 'a star is a huge ball of flaming gas.'

'Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is but only what it is made of. And in this world you have already met a star: for I think you have been with Koriakin.'

'Is he a retired star, too?' asked Lucy.

'Well, not quite the same,' said Ramandu. 'It was not quite as a rest hat he was set to govern the Duffers. You might call it a punishment. He might have shone for thousands of years more in the southern winter sky if all had gone well.'

'What did he do, Sir,' asked Caspian.

'My son, said Ramandu, 'it is not for you, a son of Adam, to know what faults a star can commit.'


C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, p.175-177

In the Narnian cosmos, stars are people. In the apocalyptic ending of Narnia in 'The Last Battle', the star people make an appearance in their glory.



C.S, Lewis seems to moved beyond the fictional world of Narnia with Ramandu's statement about our world. He seems to be making a cryptic statement about cosmology. Given his Platonic tendencies my guess would be that he has in view a kind of Alexandrian cosmology in which celestial beings act an intermediaries between god and the creation. I believe such a notion is essentially correct.

In Scripture we see a close connection between the angels and the stars. In Job 38, the angels are called 'morning stars.' There is an ambiguity in some texts as to whether angels or stars are in question. Lewis' notion of the stars having their source in personal beings seems to fit the biblical picture.

The Chronicles of Narnia present a cosmos that is filled with spirit beings; river gods, sea people, the star people, the water nymphs, tree spirits and the gnomes and salamanders of the earth's depths. The created world is connected to the spirit world.

Christians need to recover the importance of the spirit world in God's cosmic order. We tend too often to think like the naturalistic Eustace in the Dawn Treader story.

The Bible speaks of thrones and dominions, principalities and powers; of rulers and gods. The elements of this world. Their sphere is the cosmos and it seems natural to view them as the agents and intermediaries of God's providential rule over creation.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

A short silent film

You must watch this short silent film based on 'The Whisperer in Darkness', one of Lovecraft's best (and creepiest) stories.

You Tube: H. P. Lovecraft's "The Whisperer in Darkness" (Part One)

You Tube: H. P. Lovecraft's "The Whisperer in Darkness" (Part Two)

You Tube: H. P. Lovecraft's "The Whisperer in Darkness" (Part Three)

Accents

It is strange the way one becomes used to how people talk after living in a place for years.

I am surpised what a shock it is to hear everybody in Hastings speaking in a different accent.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Want to hear me preach?

Hatherley Evangelical church were kind enough to post a recording of my sermon on the Mercy Seat in Exodus.

Hatherley Evangelical Church: Sermon Recordings

The Chasseur in the Forest, by Caspar David Friedrich



This is probably my favorite of Caspar David Friedrich's pictures. It shows a French cavalry officer who has lost his horse and is lost in a forest, perhaps in Russia. It is certain that the man will die, helpless and alone.

The cavalry officer was probably handsome, noble and brave. Yet here in this picture he appears so small, puny and helpless. Next to the vastness of the forest, he is utterly impotent. The solitary crow almost appears to be mocking his predicament.

Forests truly are scary places. When I did my short-term mission in Japan, I was in a place surrounded by vast forests. They really are scary. You could walk into those woods and never be seen again.

A lot of the Black Metal music I enjoy conveys the same mood as this picture; that sense of the hostility of the natural landscape.

In a real sense the cosmos is arrayed against man. People often misunderstand the Lord's message at the end of the Book of Job. It is often understood in terms of the complexity of God's plans and thus evil and suffering is understood in those terms. However, it in fact presents the power and complexity of the creation and presents the Lord not controlling those elements but engaged in a struggle against the evil forces within them. The elements of this world, the principalities and powers, are at war with God and His people. The cosmos is a warzone.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Daily Telegraph: Why Ralph Vaughan Williams should be as revered as Shakespeare

Daily Telegraph: Why Ralph Vaughan Williams should be as revered as Shakespeare

Article by Simon Heffer

Vaughan-Williams' music somehow captures the very essence of Englishness.

Monday, August 18, 2008

I am in Hastings, East Sussex

I moved to Hastings, East Sussex today until I find a job somewhere. I have never lived on the coast before.

It was a four hour drive. The longest I have driven before.

Homework for American readers is to learn about the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Guardian: The prince and the paupers

Guardian: The prince and the paupers

'If Charles had his way, vast tracts of the populace would be toiling in the fields all day, simply in order to have enough to eat'

Article by Emily Hill

Another Bjorn Lomborg article

Guardian: Warming warnings get overheated

'Alarmist predictions of climate change like Oliver Tickell's are not just bad science – they stop us thinking rationally about solutions'
Bjorn Lomborg

Guardian: For the love of Christ

Guardian: For the love of Christ

'I'm a Christian Zionist, a Christian feminist and a Christian socialist. But the Christian part has become the most important'

Article by Julie Burchill

I don't agree with everything that Julie Burchill stands for, but I do appreciate her writing.

Worcester Beer and Cider Festival

Very fortunately I am in Worcester long enough to catch the Beer festival. I went last night and intend to go again tonight and Saturday.

It was such a tragedy when it was cancelled last year, there was no way it was going to be cancelled again.

Last night I tried three stouts, a ruby bitter and a lager.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Times: Scientists condemn 'ill-informed, negative' Prince over GM crops warning

Times: Scientists condemn 'ill-informed, negative' Prince over GM crops warning

It is rather a good job that we are constitutional monarchy and not an absolute monarchy.

Talking Russia

It was my last home fellowship meeting last night before I leave for Hastings, Sussex.

There is a woman in the home fellowship who is a big Russian enthusiast. I got to chat to her about Russian history. She knows Russian, I don't. But at least I can put the Tsars in chronological order, which she couldn't.

She was pleased to find somebody who shares her thoughts on the situation in Georgia. We both agreed that the British media is heavily biased against Russia.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Times: The internet shrinks your brain? What rubbish

Times: The internet shrinks your brain? What rubbish

'We should ignore the Jeremiahs who think the digital age is killing our ability to think'

Article by David Aaronovitch

Gorbachev's perspective

Guardian: We had no choice

'Leaders in the Caucasus must stop flexing military muscle and develop the grounds for lasting peace'

Article by Mikhail Gorbachev

Guardian: Ex-drugs policy director calls for legalisation of drugs

Guardian: Ex-drugs policy director calls for legalisation of drugs

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Churches should stay out of politics

It is common for church leaders of many different denominations to make statements about political issues. It is my belief that this is inappropriate and unhelpful. To help explain why let us imagine that the Southern Baptist Convention of America issues a statement supporting universal free healthcare:

"We the Southern Baptist Convention believe that the government should make available free healthcare to all American citizens."


Now I happen to think that free healthcare is a good idea and that it would be nice if the majority of Southern Baptist leaders did support it. However, there are a number of reasons why the SBC should never issue such a statement.

Firstly, as Bible-believing Christians, we hold that churches should look to Scripture to define what their activities should be. We would look in vain to find any indication that the Bible tells churches to speak out on political issues. The apostles never talked about politics. They preached the Gospel. They made disciples out of men and women. They baptized people. They taught the Word of God. But there is not the slightest hint that they offered opinions about what governments ought to do.

If we hold that the church's mission is to make disciples out of men and women, then we must question whether churches are being true to their purpose in making political statements.

It might be argued in response that preaching the Gospel has political implications. That is that being a disciple of Christ should affect one's political views. Thus, the SBC ought to tell Christians to support free healtcare because it is right. Later in this post I will deal with the question of the rightness of the position. But this is not what the hypothetical statement does. It does not tell Christians what to do, but rather it addresses the men and women in government, believing and unbelieving, telling them what policies they should follow.

It must be asked why such a statement is necessary. If free healthcare is a good idea, why has not the US government adopted it? In advocating a policy that is not supported by the US government, the SBC must make either of two claims:

1. They have a greater expertise about policies than the government.

or

2. They are more compassionate than the government.

Either way, they having to adopt a position of superiority to the world. They would be abandoning the humility that should be the character of the church. The church is not to flaunt some supposed superiority of wisdom or holiness, but is rather to proclaim that they are sinners who have found grace and that other men and women too can find that grace.

Politicians who seek power must forever present themselves as better than their opponents. But this is not the way of the meek. Yet if the church is to speak out on political issues it must adopt the stance of the politician.

Finally, in making such a statement, the SBC would be claiming that the position of supporting free healthcare is the only valid one for Christians. Yet is that so? Surely it is obvious that there are many opinions on this issue among Christians. Are those Christians who deny the value of free healthcare lacking in compassion? Or are they ignorant of Scripture? We must answer no to both questions.

Support for free heathcare is nowhere mandated in Scripture. The Bible says nothing on the subject. Personally, I would suggest that there is no real support in Scripture for any particular political system. There are some Christians who argue that some political ideology such as libertarianism or socialism is biblical, but I believe this is unsound. The cultural gulf between the biblical and the modern world is so great that it is impossible for us to say what kind of political system the prophets or the apostles would have favoured.

Nor is it necessarily a question of compassion. Those Christians who oppose free healthcare may have very sound reasons for doing so. They can point out the long waiting lists for operations in the UK or the high cost to the taxpayer. Those are all issues that have to be considered. Thus, if the SBC were to issue a statement in favour of free healthcare, it would have to grant its own position a status of privilege above that of many sincere believers.

Thus, churches should keep out of politics.

Suffering on the other side

Guardian: Exodus gathers pace as the funerals begin

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Its been a long day, but I still found the energy to read the latest issue of the Journal of Foreign Affairs

For some reason, I always feel the need to read the Journal of Foreign Affairs (published by the Council for Foreign Affairs who are supposed to be part of the New World Order gang) when I am travelling.

I read the whole issue on the train back from London. There was an article by Condoleeza Rice and a useful article explaining the reasons why the general public of the USA is so supportive of Israel (contrary to the notion that American policy in the Middle East is solely shaped by the Israel lobby).

I guess I am just obsessed with politics.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

A good post by Michael Heiser

Can Non-Christians Appeal to Jesus for Deliverance from Alien Abductions?

Guardian: It's time for the Mail to get sensitive

Guardian: It's time for the Mail to get sensitive

'Polish immigrants have been the subject of too much negative press coverage, making them feel vulnerable and persecuted'

Article by Wiktor Moszczynski

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Illustrating Divine Foreknowledge

I visited the home of my best friends, a married couple. While I was there, I explained to them the difference between Open Theism, Simple Foreknowledge and Middle Knowledge. In order to make it understandable, I took some candles from their mantlepiece and used them to represent persons going either to heaven or hell.

Preached at an Independent Chapel

I preached this morning at a small non-denominational church in Worcester. I have preached there before.

I hope you will be edified by my sermon:


Genesis 6

1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

3 And the LORD said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.

4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

5 ¶ And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.



The first part of the book of Genesis is a story of terminal decline. God created the world perfect. Yet its guardians, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and so the world fell under a curse. We read of the killing of Abel by Cain and the aggression of Lamech.

At this stage, things had reached boiling point. There was more evil in the world than could conceivably be tolerated. Notice that God has allowed things to go on in this state for a while. He had given man the power of self-determination.

Some people ask why God allows evil things to happen. That is a good question and the Bible does not give a direct answer. Yet it is clear that if we are to be able to make free choices, we must be able to that which is wrong as well as that which is right. God had allowed the men before the flood to continue in wickedness, but now they had gone on to far.

Yet God had not left man without a witness. God said “My spirit shall not always strive with man”. Though God allowed men to make their choices, His Spirit wrestled with them, urging them against evil. These people were acting against the movings of their consciences. But they were also resisting the Holy Spirit, just like the Pharisees did.

Convicting the world is one of the chief ministries of the Holy Spirit, the third member of the Trinity. Our Lord told us that the Spirit convicts the world of sin. He enlightens people as to their sin and urges them to turn to God.

It may be that the Holy Spirit is at work in convicting you, of causing you to see the reality of your sin and your need for the Lord Jesus Christ and His saving work on the cross. I would say to you to follow Him and turn to Christ.

Maybe the reason you are here today is that you are under the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. Maybe you know deep down that there is something wrong with your life. You realise that there is more to life than working, shopping and holidays. While other people take no interest in God, you are desperate to come to know Him. I tell you, if you seek God, you will find Him. It says in the book of Hebrews that God is the rewarder of him that dilligently seeks after Him. Other people use the name of Jesus as a curse word, yet you see something so lovely in the name of Christ. Jesus can give you eternal life if you receive it from Him.

We are told that the ‘sons of God’ took wives of whom they chose. Scholars have disagreed on who the sons of God were. The earliest Christians believed that they were angels who committed the terrible act of interbreeding with humans, producing giant offspring. I agree with that view.

Many commentators were uneasy with this interpretation and suggested that the sons of God were believers who married unbelievers. The problem with that interpretation is that men are never called the sons of God in the Old Testament, while angels are. And it does not explain why giants were produced through this union.



Mankind had reached the heights of wickedness and it had come to the point where mankind was committing sexual immorality of the most horrible kind.

We must not forget that there is an unseen world of angels out there. Some are good and serve our creator while others are wicked and evil.

It was through a fallen angel, Satan, that evil entered the world and he still dominates it. The New Testament speaks about rulers and authorities in heavenly places. This is why the world is in such a mess.

Often when disasters happen, like the cyclone in Burma, there is a tendency to blame God. Unbelievers will ask why such things should happen. Christians on the other hand tend to either put it down to some mysterious divine plan or else to think of some reason why the disaster must be a judgment of God. Seldom do people acknowledge that there is an unseen dimension, inhabited by spiritual beings that wield great power in this world. I would suggest that we should explain disasters like the Burmaese cyclone in terms of the working of evil angels rather than God’s plans. Jesus never attributed sickness to God. He always treated it as the work of the devil.

















These evil angels have tremendous power, far more than George Bush or any human ruler. Yet they will be defeated. The sons of God who sinned before the flood were defeated. It would seem they are the same angels that Peter and Jude saw were cast into hell and bound with everlasting chains. Through His death and resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ humiliated every power and authority opposed to God.

When Jesus Christ returns He is going to end the misrule of Satan and his angels. We shall see a new kingdom of peace and righteousness.

Returning to our passage, we see a peculiar statement, that “the Lord repented that he had made man.”

Sometimes people have some very wrong ideas about God. Sometimes people have this idea that God is totally removed from His creation. That God is without any passion or emotion. This idea is foreign to the Bible.

God is an emotional being. He cares about His creation. He feels its pain. He is sorrowful when people hurt each other. God is sorrowful when men and women reject Him. God felt so sorrowful at the wickedness of men and women that He regretted creating man at all.

If you are rejecting God now, God is sorrowful. He desires you to seek Him and to find life. If you do not know God, I would urge you to seek Him.

However, if you continue to reject God there is judgment. The people of the world had the opportunity to find mercy and grace, but they rejected it. The Holy Spirit had striven with them to lead them to repentance, but they had rejected His convicting work. And thus they were liable for the consequences of their rebellion. They had their chance and had blown it. They wanted independence and they had it. But they had to face some consequences.

So God sent a flood to destroy them utterly.

God promised never to send another flood. Yet He will send fire upon the earth in the last days. As Paul tells us, when Christ returns He will take vengeance on those who have rejected God with flaming fire.

When I was a child I saw a man on the streets of Nottingham with a big bushy beard. He was wearing a sandwich board. You don't see people wearing sandwich boards these days, but this man did. His sandwich board said "Armageddon is near!" and he was shouting about the coming of Christ. My father asked me what I thought about this man. I replied that he looked very strange, but what he was saying was true. Yes, Armageddon is near. Christ is coming back and he will bring fire to cleanse this world. Maybe we need more Christians to wear sandwich boards and shouht about Armageddon. That is a message that people need to hear.

We rightly think of Jesus as the prince of peace. He is the one who will ultimately bring peace to the earth. Yet He compared His return to the flood of Noah’ s day. There will be a kingdom of peace on earth, but first there will be judgment on a sinful world. Just as the flood took the sinners in the days of Noah, so shall the coming of the Son of Man bring destruction on those who reject Christ now.

We do not know when Jesus Christ is coming back, but He is going to return. If you have not believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, I want to warn you that His coming is going to bring destruction to the world you know. If you continue to reject Christ, you are in danger of being among those who perish on that day. As it was in the days of Noah, sop shall it be when the Son of Man comes.

If you are a believer, then you can rejoice that the coming of Christ will bring you to glory. You are going to be with Him forever. And if you have served your Saviour faithfully, you will be among those who rule that new and perfect kingdom of peace and righteousness.

At the end of this rather depressing passage, we read that “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” This one man out of the all the people on earth had been found faithful.

In every age there are those who have found grace and acceptance with God, even in the most awful circumstances. God always has His remnant.

Today we are living in a world full of sin and wickedness. Just as the days of Noah, there is far too much murder and sexual immorality.

Yet God is still at work transforming lives. God is presently gathering a people for Himself who are called to be holy and separate from this world. A people who can live lives transformed according to the pattern in Christ. They have found peace with God through the reconciliation in Christ Jesus.

You can be among that people, if you would only turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and believe on Him. He came to this world to save sinners through suffering and rising again. He can give you eternal life if you only receive it from Him by faith.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Megadeth on Bible Prophecy

You Tube: Megadeth - Washington is Next!

Loud-mouthed Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine, became a Christian a few years ago. This song on his last album deals with the subject of Bible prophecy.

Guardian: That golden age? It never happened, except in the minds of pessimists

Guardian: That golden age? It never happened, except in the minds of pessimists

Those who invoke a great British past might get a shock if forced to live their lives then, instead of these privileged times

Article by Mark Lawson

Modern Britain is not a 'broken society.' Things are not half as bad as people make out.