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Frank Cranmer and David Pocklington

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17 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. I’d encourage anyone who reads this to sign up, comment or guest blog. It is accurate, astonishingly varied and has the requirement required of all applicants for clerical posts, ‘gsoh’.

  2. Although I am an infrequent commentator, I do hope there is a proper diversity of views expressed here. I am often the only Catholic who posts (it seems) who is opposed to much of the current legislation that is primarily EU focused (to absurdity in many legal cases) and automatically adopted by our finest lawyers into UK law – as if we had any other legal option (we often don’t). There is room for Humanists, Protestants and Atheists (and even Islam in small measure) but we all collectively benefit from the freedoms of the Magna Carta, the definition between Church and State. It is, after all the basis of all our Common Law legislation and the concept of Charity (in the real meaning of the word), which has been much abused by all previous governments.

    The National Lottery is a case in point. And then the many Quangos and (government funded) NGOs that have charitable status is another worry. All open to abuse and often reported to the Charities Commission that can do little to prevent misappropriation on funds.

    Open Democracy is something we (UK) are very good at and I would support an elected second chamber (rather than what we have at the moment) but that is another discussion. Of course, there is no need for a second chamber in the next phase of EU integration. Nothing to debate and no legal challenges are allowed under EU law and no EU law can be overturned (there is no appeals process). Thank god we are out!

    • Shaina

      I’ve just seen the ET judgment: it came out this afternoon. It’s certainly worth a note – I reckon it’s a job for Saturday!

      All the best,


  3. Welcome back after your website’s ‘digital holiday’! Oh, those mischievous digital gremlins. Life is back to normal with your blog being back.

  4. Just checking if it is still possible to get an RSS feed from the site. The one I had set up is no longer working. Is it now only the e-mail subscription that will allow for updates to come through?

  5. Hello,

    Please can anyone tell me how the Abingdon spiritual abuse case came to a tribunal? Was there a particular lawyer or solicited involved? if so please can someone share those details as we need their services. Thanks everyone

  6. Have only just come across this website and apologise if this is posted in the wrong place.

    Regarding the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ two witnesses rule: this “rule” is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the rule as espoused in the Old Testament. It applies only in capital cases. For example, as the bible explains elsewhere, one witness is sufficient to advance a charge of adultery. Of course, it is convenient for the JWs to use this as a get-out when protected abusers within their community.

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