Posted by: davidkhr | October 8, 2015

Objective journalism – an oxymoron ?

Have caught the headlines at the supposed snub to royalty by Jeremy Corbyn…. hidden in the reporting is the small fact that it took Mr Cameron THREE MONTHS to do the same thing. How long has Mr Corbyn been leader of the opposition ? A good bit less than three months. And journalists wonder why they get accused of bias ? Really ?

Posted by: davidkhr | November 19, 2014

I don’t know why I’m surprised….

I made the mistake of listening to the Chancellor speak about the likely external influences on the economy and he was quick to point out that there are some influences outwith his control. He expects to be forgiven for some of the disastrous things he has done for the poor in this country (like the bedroom tax, before you ask), while not extending the same excuse to the previous government who held things together in spite of the banking crisis caused first in the USA and the shock wave hit the UK.
The sheer two faced-ness of this surprised me… but then, it was a politician speaking, heading towards an Autumn Statement with an election looming.
It would be nice to see some graciousness in politics instead of the mindless yah boo of PMQ’s which today was an appalling travesty. Cameron taking every opportunity to put the boot into Milliband while systematically avoiding answering any of the questions. Oh, he’s a politician…. why would I expect anything else ?

Posted by: davidkhr | December 31, 2013

A question of priorities

Following the news over the festive period, it’s curious to see what the first item on the news actually is each evening.
What does it say about our society when the headline is the unfortunate situation facing a former F1 driver, when the second item is a suicide bomber killing many and injuring moreĀ in a far away land near to the Winter Olympic venue ?
There has to be a balance struck between giving terrorists the oxygen of publicity, but surely it merits higher billing than a comatose F1 driver ?
We seem to be in a celebrity driven society where an individual can command broadcast time over against real news stories. The Pakistani church atrocity was given news time for about four days, and yet time given was often later in the programme. It was gratifying to see a minister being portrayed as the compassionate faithful man that he is rather than some angle being put on the story as the secular media is so often wont to do.
Maybe in 2014, some perspective will return to the media and real news stories will be given their proper place and that some good news might just creep into the depressive cycle of violence and misery. Or is that a wish too far ?

Posted by: davidkhr | June 25, 2013

A good walk spoiled ?

On Saturday last I had the ‘pleasure’ of playing a medal on the Old Course at St. Andrews.
I grew up in the town and played many hundreds of games as I grew up on all the links course there and, for the most part, enjoyed the experience.
Saturday was an eye opening one.
Most of the tees were twenty yards and more further back from the days I remember so well. Bunkers had been moved. And much worse, the fairways were no longer double fairways as they have always been.
Now I know that there is a significant tournament coming up when rough will help toughen the course, but for ordinary mortals like me ?
And even worse still was the barbaric approach to the gorse management that I saw there. Holes have been completely transformed into something unrecognisable from my youth. Driving lines have been totally changed and perspectives shifted beyond all reason.
Whoever has perpetrated this golfing treason should have a very particular fate reserved for them in the golfing afterlife !!
Such golfing architectural butchery should not go unchallenged, but it looks as if local clubs have done nothing to thwart such atrocity. Or else their pleas have gone unnoticed or have been completely ignored (the latter being historically more believable.)
A sad situation.

Posted by: davidkhr | May 22, 2013

GA 2013 – That decision

Having had a little time to consider the events of Monday at the GA, and having read a few of the responses from both sides of the argument, it is becoming clearer that the question of Church Unity was placed above everything else.
It is hard to prepare for a Sunday service knowing now that the supreme rule of faith and life has been placed under unity at what seems all costs.
A move which was made in all sincerity, which has placed the traditionaist position as the de facto position of the church, has only served in confusing matters still further, and has placed a lot of traditionalists in a difficult place.
The Moderator hailed this as a great day for the unity of the Kirk, but the reality is a rather different picture, I fear.
What is particularly painful is to see a church say that really you can do what you like as long as your conscience lets you, and in that moment the Kirk has lost its prophetic place in society. As believers we are called to be salt and light to a world that badly needs it, and what happened on Monday may well have contaminated the salt and snuffed out the light.
There is still a debate to be had next year about the overture that now must come, and all the legal ramifications must be sorted out, and then a Barrier Act procedure must be followed.
The worry now is that this Barrier Act procedure will be adjusted to make sure that it is ‘fair’ and ‘equal’, bringing in the very arguments that have been the problem for a Biblical view on the matter.
I can but wait, and study and pray.

Posted by: davidkhr | April 15, 2013

The Thatcher Enigma

I have resisted the temptation to say anything about Mrs T until now.
There can be little doubt that the first woman PM has made a mark on the history of the UK and the world. But how should she be remembered ?
Her foreign policy helped soften the East/West divide while causing her own party to implode over Europe. Her luck (and by all accounts it was luck) in winning the Falklands War kept her in power at the following election. She is still remembered as the woman who took away free milk from primary schools. She is the woman whose policy brought a tax to one part of the country before rest of the UK, and gave birth to the Tommy Sheridans of Scottish politics.
And now we wait for a state funeral with all the bells and whistles of military precision.
Should the state be paying for it ? I doubt it, but can understand the reasoning behind it.
Should there have been dancing in the street ? No, but I can understand why it happened.
Should ‘Ding, dong’ have attracted such publicity ? Again, no, but I can understand why.
I was present when she delivered her ‘Sermon on the Mound’ in the GA in Edinburgh. It was greeted with polite applause. The cheering crowds outside turned out to be police in plain clothes (according to one source).
She had a deep Christian faith, and yet her political ideology drove her to confrontation and division instead of the unity her ‘Francis of Assisi’ misquote suggested.
What is bring overlooked in all the eulogising from the Tory party is the fact that they got rid of her before the country had the opportunity to do so, and the ‘saint’ they portray was a deeply flawed individual.
What is her legacy ? The jury is still out on that one, but if the increase in food banks is anything to go by, then the verdict may not be a kind one.

Posted by: davidkhr | February 27, 2013

The Church In Crisis ?

There has been much in the gutter press recently about the church and its problems.
Few people have asked about the timing of these latest ‘revelations’. Just when a Cardinal is about to retire, just when he is about to participate in what might be the biggest decision the Catholic Church will make in decades, this is when very non-specific allegations are effectively anonymously made.
There is an air of a witch hunt about all this tabloid journalism. Accuse anyone, and they can’t defend themselves easily because there is a mood of disbelief about the place. You cannot ‘win’.
What has been remarkable has been the dignified way in which the Cardinal has responded to these issues.
My hope and prayer is that he will be exonerated, and when (if) that happens, equal space is given in apology. (Although that might be expecting too much intergity of a certain type of journalist).

Posted by: davidkhr | November 18, 2012

is there no end ?

The news from Israel/Gaza is as sad as it is perplexing. When will both sides accept some of the responsibility and both sides back off to leave some room for some dialogue ?
Trouble is, both sides see the other as the aggressor and can’t see past that.
I will continue to pray for peace and justice for both sides.
Can they not agree to co-exist ?

Posted by: davidkhr | November 12, 2012

Is it just me ??

Heard on the radio that Abu Katadr was not only granted his appeal against extradition but also granted bail.
What is it about our justice system that let’s people like this man run all over it ? He is quite clearly implicated in activity that promotes terrorism and yet he’s allowed to escape justice.
I know that Jordan isn’t exactly a haven of human rights, but they have given appropriate assurances to HM Government that surely count for something.
There is something not right about this.

Posted by: davidkhr | August 19, 2012

Olympic Inspiration Aftermath

Much has been made on the likes of Radio 5 Live about what the legacy of the Olympics might be. They’ve tried to argue that football might learn something from the attitudes of the crowd and the athletes.
It certainIy didn’t take long for phone calls to come in and say how impossible this was and that it was time the presenters had a reality check.
Perhaps the crowds can’t be too much to blame, and yet… it’s strange that in most other sports crowds can cheer vociferously for their team and then walk home together.
And as for the players… they bring the word ‘professional’ into disrepute. The professional thing to do is to foul your opponent, to take one for the team, to harass officials into changing their decisions.
I think there was one manager who had the courage to actually make players apologise for such behaviour. Brian Clough…
For all his faults, he observed the rules of the game and didn’t abuse officials.
Respect. That’s what he embodied, and there seems to be precious little of that on the field of play these days.
And it’s no use trotting out the pressure of all the money.
And it’s also about time the rule makers of the game handed out decent penalties to those who flagrantly abuse the rules. Ban the cheats, for that’s what they are. It’s what happened in the Olympics after all…
What chance the rule makers actually enforcing the rules ?

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