Category Archives: History

Janina Ramirez on Julian of Norwich

We know very little about Julian of Norwich. You can tell this a few minutes into Janina Ramirez’s documentary on the fourteenth-century mystic. She travels to the British Museum to see a crucifix in the style of one Julian might … Continue reading

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On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month…

This is the poem I always associate with Remembrance Day; I remember it being read in assembly at school. They shall grow not old, As we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, Nor the years condemn, … Continue reading

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Child benefit, sofa government and the principle of universalism

Philip Hammond defended the decision to remove universal child benefit as showing that the Conservatives are the natural party of government. The basis for this questionable logic was that the Tories were happy to take tough, correct but unpopular decisions … Continue reading

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