Cutting With Compassion

20 11 2010

“The Church is neither an arm of opposition, nor is it a wing of government” said the Bishop of Manchester to the diocesan Synod this morning.
The theme of his presidential address was compassion. He expressed his discomfort with the current political fashion for ‘fairness’, saying instead that we should be motivated by compassion. We should be biased – towards the poor, for they need our help.

Soon we will start to see how the Church makes it’s voice heard on the matter of cuts. If Bishop Nigel is anything to go by, it could be an interesting one.


Election Success

14 11 2010

Finally the campaign embargo has expired, and I can splurge all over the internet! Last night, at the Teach First conference, I was elected to serve as Participant President for 2010/11.

The job is a peculiar one and I can’t think of any parallels. It’s  a little bit like a Student Union President, in that I will be representing the participants on the scheme and implementing a few policies the formed my campaign. In other ways, it is quite different as there is quite a bit external role, representing the charity to sponsors, political folk etc.

I must confess to being a little overwhelmed by the whole thing last night, so have recorded a quick clip to say what I wanted to say but didn’t: