Aug 27

Labour: who’s best – and worst – for Israel?

A fortnight ago, in a video, we looked at the House of Commons voting record of the four contenders for the UK Labour Party leadership.  We saw that Andy Burnham and Jeremy Corbyn had small things going for them.

But what are the candidates’ positions on Israel?  In particular, and as he now seems certain to be elected, what is Jeremy Corbyn’s stance?

And what should be a Christian response?

In this new video, we ask – and answer – those questions. You can comment about it there or here.

Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.  (KJV)


Aug 05

Who’s best for Labour?

Christian Voice has put together a video considering the voting records of the contenders for the Labour Party leadership.

We hope this will help Christians in the Labour Party as they pray for the outcome and vote for the candidates.

Jeremy Corbyn has been in the House of Commons the longest, since 1983.  Yvette Cooper entered the House in 1997, Andy Burnham in 2001 and Liz Kendall was only elected in 2010.

Several important votes have taken place over the past fifteen or twenty years.  These have enabled us to gather a picture of the position taken on a number of key policy areas by Mr Burnham, Miss Cooper and Mr Corbyn.  It has also been possible to gain a view of Miss Kendall’s stance on some of the issues which matter even from her short time in the house.

Sadly, the view we have formed of Miss Kendall is that her albeit short voting record leaves a lot to be desired.  Miss Cooper’s voting over a much longer period also has few redeeming features.

The two men fare better.  In the video we show how Mr Burnham has been on the side of the angels from time to time.  Mr Corbyn also surprised us on some very important issues.

We have only looked at their voting records.  Mr Corbyn’s membership of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign may put some people off, and Mr Burnham’s support for all-women shortlists for parliamentary candidate selections could be seen as contentious.

The Bible has some advice for us concerning leaders.  Firstly, in Exodus 18:21 we read they should be ‘able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness’. Psalm 146 tells us not to put our trust in princes. We also know from from Jeremiah 18:7-10 and Psalm 9:17 that the Almighty rules in the affairs of men and that he will bring down a kingdom which rebels against him.

So our prayer is that God will so sway the hearts of Labour Party members as to elect the candidate who will, wittingly or unwittingly, most advance his kingdom here on earth and bring our nation back into obedience to him under the sovereignty of the King of kings, Jesus Christ himself.




Aug 03

Doctor slams NICE end-of-life guidelines

Professor Patrick Pullicino

Professor Patrick Pullicino

A leading doctor has slammed new guidelines prepared to replace the much-criticised Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP).

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Dr Patrick Pullcino, Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Kent, says the draft guidelines prepared by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) are even worse than the LCP.

Christian Voice reported on the NICE guidelines last Wednesday (29th July 2015).  Our report, based on a BBC article, was positive about the development.  It seems we were wrong.

There can be no doubt the BBC article was based on a press release from NICE, who appear to have put a positive spin on their work, claiming that they were calling:

‘for basic daily checks to make make sure patients are well hydrated and nourished’.  We observed this was ‘a radical departure from the LCP’.  NICE went on to say that families would be encouraged to be more closely involved in care if appropriate and safe, and an example was given of ‘helping to give loved ones sips of water’.  Further, there was a demand from NICE for clear communication and the involvement of patients and relatives in decisions.

However, Professor Pullicino describes the section on hydration (which begins at page 137 in the NICE document) as ‘a disaster of misinformation, distortion and ambiguity with at least one major error. It says that “death is unlikely to be hastened by not having clinically assisted hydration”. This is completely untrue. Not giving hydration is certain to kill someone if they can’t take hydration by mouth’.

(The erroneous statement about hydration is in section 8.6 on page 150.)

In one respect, the professor says the NICE draft guidelines are even worse that the LCP.  ‘There is no mention of nutrition in the Nice document’, he says.

Baroness Neuberger led an independent review and wrote a highly critical report on the LCP in 2012.  It was particularly harsh on the withdrawal of nutrition and hydration.  Says Professor Pullicino, ‘Neuberger left no doubt that LCP practice on hydration and nutrition was inhumane in some cases. Neuberger said that “the default course of action should be that patients be supported with hydration and nutrition unless there is a strong reason not to do so”.’

An expression which occurs frequently in the draft guidelines is ‘the dying person’.  But can we always be certain a person is actually dying?  Professor Pullicino says:

‘Diagnosis of who was imminently dying was the core problem of the LCP and is no better in the Nice document. It includes a cookbook list of features that may suggest someone is dying but is totally inadequate to make a diagnosis and is not evidence-based. So we are back at the LCP in terms of the risk of putting patients who are not dying onto inappropriate and potentially lethal treatment.’

The Professor says he was ‘one of the first doctors to raise concerns about the Liverpool Care Pathway pushing elderly NHS patients to premature death’.

The whole idea of a ‘pathway’ leads one to question its destination.  And if doctors are just guessing, or are under pressure to free up beds, the alarm bells should be ringing.

Professor Pullicino says: ‘This is so crucial that no new attempts to set up this sort of pathway should be made until we have research showing it is possible to accurately diagnose impending death. Until then, as Neuberger said, good quality compassionate care should be given without any pathway.’

Indeed, ‘One of the most dangerous aspects of the LCP was “anticipatory prescribing” where the physician wrote up sedatives and narcotic medication ahead of time. Nurses were empowered to use preset LCP criteria (eg pain, agitation) as a justification for increasing the dose. The result was a rapid increase of medication and a quick death for many LCP patients.’

He echoes the Neuberger Report by calling for ‘a senior responsible clinician accountable for all decisions in end-of-life care.’  The responsibility, he says, should not be delegated to a nurse.  ‘Consultants must be restored to full care of, and responsibility for, their patients,’ he writes

Despite denials to the contrary, ‘Dehydration was a central mechanism of the deaths on the LCP. Despite the removal of the LCP, I still frequently witness severely dehydrated elderly patients on hospital wards. Unless it becomes standard, and monitored by the Care Quality Commission, that hospitals are obliged to give nutrition and hydration adequate for patients’ physiological needs at all times and regardless of prognosis, end-of-life care is going to remain lethal.

‘Evidence-based medicine is the gold standard for 21st-century health care. The LCP abandoned this and was disastrous not only for the patients but for all medicine. All physicians in general hospitals should use only evidence-based treatments and pathways, and Nice should ensure all pathways meet this standard. Its current proposal certainly does not.’

The NICE consultation process is described on its website.  It is important that as many of those concerned about the treatment of particularly elderly patients respond.  The consultation period ends on 9th September 2015.


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Jul 29

Liverpool Care Pathway put to sleep

Marie Curie claim to be 'devoted to life' yet they helped develop the 'Liverpool Care Pathway' devoted to death.

Marie Curie claim to be ‘devoted to life’ yet they helped develop the ‘Liverpool Care Pathway’ devoted to death.

A controversial method of hastening death for terminally-ill patients has been scrapped, reports the BBC.

The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), developed by Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the Marie Curie cancer charity, involved the withdrawal of medication, food and fluids.  Patients were sedated, starved and dehydrated to death.

In October 2012 figures released under the Freedom of Information Act showed that some two thirds of NHS trusts had received incentive payments for meeting “targets” for using the LCP, and that such payments totalled £12 million or more.

But now, England’s health watchdog, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE),  has put forward new draft guidance to improve the care of adults in their last few days of life.

The NICE proposals make no mention of lists or tick boxes, much criticised in the LCP approach.

But crucially, there are calls now for basic daily checks to make make sure patients are well hydrated and nourished, a radical departure from the LCP.  Families should be encouraged to be more closely involved in care if appropriate and safe – for example helping to give loved ones sips of water – and there is a demand from NICE for clear communication and the involvement of patients and relatives in decisions.

Two years ago, a review chaired by crossbench peer Julia Baroness Neuberger called for the LCP to be scrapped.  The review applied only to England.

Many hospitals in England apparently ditched the LCP but it has taken two years for NICE to come up with an alternative.

The Scottish Government announced in December 2013 that the LCP would be phased out.

In Northern Ireland the Liverpool Care Pathway remained, as at July 2014, according to the General Medical Council,  one of ‘several tools to help deliver palliative and end of life care’, although a review of the use of the LCP was said by the Macmillan cancer charity to be taking place.

In Wales, an ‘Integrated Care Pathway (ICP) for the last days of life‘ was implemented in 2000, overhauled in 2010 and amended in 2012 ‘primarily to clarify issues around sedation, hydration and prescribing’.

An All-Wales Palliative Care Conference is to take place at Gregynog in Powys on 8th & 9th October 2015.  The current ICP for Wales is downloadable HERE.  It still retains the ‘check-box’ approach and the ‘pathway’ name, but hydration is a goal in it and there is no apparent specific mention of the withdrawal of food.

NB: Please click here for an important subsequent development to this article.


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Jul 13

What does ‘taken into care’ mean?

Danielle was moved 26 times in five years and raped three time while 'in care'.

Danielle was moved 26 times in five years and raped three times while ‘in care’.

Birmingham Social Services oversaw some of the worst cases of child abuse, including that of seven-year-old Khyra Ishaq, who starved to death at her home in Handsworth in 2008, and Keanu Williams, who was found collapsed in his mother’s partner’s flat in 2011.

These high-profile cases, following after that of baby Peter Connelly, who was murdered by his mother, her boyfriend and his brother in 2007 in London’s Haringey, which was already under pressure following the death of Victoria Climbié ten years earlier, caused social workers to put caution before common sense.

Children have been taken from their parents on the slightest whiff of abuse, which for today’s social workers involves any sign of corporal punishment.  But what happens then?  The BBC website is carrying a video of an interview with a girl called Danielle.  She was taken into care in 1998 at the age of 11 after marks from a belt were seen on her back.  If that were punishment, it sounds excessive, but what subsequently happened to Danielle makes it seem like the ultimate in compassion.

Danielle, who is now twenty-seven, says she was moved six times in six weeks and had twenty-nine moves by the time she left the care system aged just sixteen.  She was raped three times whilst ‘in care’, in addition to an attempted rape when she was only eleven and in a children’s home.  She ran away when she was thirteen but was brought back.

The outcomes of children in care make shocking reading.  According to a Government study in 2013, ‘67.8% have special educational needs’.  ‘Around half of all looked after children aged 5 to 16 were considered to be ‘borderline’ or ‘cause for concern’ in relation to their emotional and behavioural health’, the study said.

Their educational gaps ‘are still large, especially for key stage 4, where 15.3% of looked after children achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSEs or equivalent including English and mathematics compared with 58.0% of non-looked-after children’.

Even according to the NSPCC, which has an interest in providing care facilities, the mental health difficulties of children in care are four times higher than their peers.

The Government report did not mention the staggeringly high incidences of sexual abuse faced by children in care, but the Independent newspaper reported:

‘One in every hundred children living in care is abused every year in Britain, according to the most comprehensive study conducted into the issue.

The research by York University and the NSPCC is the first of its kind to uncover and analyse local authority records on abuse in foster and residential care.

‘Academics tracked abuse allegations – and their outcomes – between 2009 and 2012. They found that on average there are between 450 and 550 cases of proven abuse every year in foster care and between 250 and 300 cases of confirmed abuse a year in residential care.

I’n residential care the rate of substantiated abuse claims is significantly higher than for foster families, with an average of between two and three proven cases per 100 children.’

Would the children have done better and been treated better left with their parents under some kind of supervision with assistance in parenting?  It is hard to imagine their outcomes would have been much worse.

There is little sign of social workers, whose jobs are under no risk if they take children from their parents, becoming more family-friendly.  But with being in care leading to such horrifying abuse as Danielle suffered and the poor outcomes reported by the Government, surely a rethink is overdue.


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Jul 07

How many Muslims support Islamic State?

The East London Mosque

The East London Mosque

In the wake of David Cameron’s ridiculous assertion, made on 26th June 2015 in the wake of the Tunisia  beach shooting, carried out by a Muslim gunman, that ‘Islam is a religion of peace’, how many Muslims actually support Islamic State?

An ICM poll carried out for the Daily Mirror has some shocking findings.

They found that 3% of respondents in Britain were very favourable towards the Muslim terrorist group (which they called ISIS) and 6% were somewhat favourable. Female and male respondents had similar attitudes.

The pollsters did not ask people their religious affiliations, but when you consider that around 5% of the population is actually Muslim, rising to 10% of the under-25’s, this must mean that the Mirror’s claim that ‘around half of Britain’s three million Muslims could be ISIS sympathisers’ could be an understatement.

Daniel Greenfield is even saying that in London it could be as high as 80% of Muslims supporting IS.

Women and men are fairly equal in the support for Islamic State.

Women and men are fairly equal in their support for the self-styled ‘Islamic State’.

Muslim leaders in the Mirror article above are quick to blame the Government for disenfranchising Muslim youth, and some are saying that the generally fed-up may admit to a sneaking admiration for the terrorists when asked by pollsters.

But still, 9% of the general public in Britain having some kind of favourable feelings to a group butchering non-Muslims, or to be more precise, non-Sunni-Muslims, all over Iraq and Syria?

How much this story could be a political hot potato may be judged from the fact that the Daily Express ran the story as ‘half of British Muslims support ISIS‘ and then deleted it.  If you click on the link now it will come up as ‘page not found’.

The last time we checked, there was still a link to the story on the Express article about Hani Al-Sibai, a Muslim preacher alleged to be associated with the Muslim group behind the gunman.  Al-Sibai rakes in around £48,000 per year in benefits, according to the paper.  It said:

‘The 54-year-old, who is suspected of radicalising Jihadi John, also has close links to Tunisian terror group Ansar al-Sharia, which is believed to have recruited and trained beach gunman Seifeddine Rezgui.’

We should ask our Members of Parliament to ask Mr Cameron if Islam is such a religion of peace, why did it start by Mohammed slaughtering 900 Jews of the Banu Qurayza in 627 AD?  Mohammed is the example for Muslims to follow.  And the Quran endorses his actions:

Surah 33:26. And those of the People of the Book who aided (the Unbelievers) – Allah did take them down from theirstrongholds and cast terror into their hearts. (So that) some ye slew, and some ye made prisoners.27. And He made you heirs of their lands, their houses, and their goods, and of a land which ye had not frequented (before). And Allah has power over all things.

Yazidid refugees displaced by Islamic State

Yazidi refugees displaced by Islamic State

As to Islam being a ‘religion of peace’, where do Muslims get their idea that it is acceptable to take over the towns and farms of the Yazidi, capture and kill 300 of them, pursue and murder them in the mountains?  From the Quran:

Surah 13: 41. See they not that We gradually reduce the land (in their control) from its outlying borders? (Where) Allah commands, there is none to put back His Command: and He is swift in calling to account.

Surah 47:4. Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): …  But those who are slain in the Way of Allah,- He will never let their deeds be lost.

In May of this year, IS took over the Syrian city of Palmyra, slaughtering and mutilating 400 souls, mostly women and children.  Where did they find the idea that it is acceptable to mutilate captives?  Why do they think it is acceptable to crucify those with whom they disagree?  (Just search ‘Islamic State crucifixion’) Where does their fondness for executing non-believers come from?  From the Quran again:

Pro-IS Muslims celebrate the anniversary of the capture of Mosul. Christians were forced to flee the town.

Pro-IS Muslims celebrate the anniversary of the capture of Mosul. Christians were forced to flee the town.

Surah 5:33. The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with
might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of
hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and
a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;

Where did the IS fighters who terrorised the people of Mosul or those who came across foreign workers trying to scrape a living in Libya get the idea of demanding protection money from them, the so-called ‘Jizya’ tax?  Well, that’s from the Quran as well:

Surah 9:29. Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

Religion of peace, Mr Cameron?


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Jul 02

Tory Mayoral Primary could favour ‘gay’ candidate

Homosexual millionaire Ivan Massow supports the gay AIDS lobby group the Terrence Higgins Trust

Homosexual millionaire Ivan Massow supporting the gay AIDS lobby group the Terrence Higgins Trust

The Conservative Party’s decision to hold an open primary to select its London Mayoral candidate could favour the homosexual candidate, it has been claimed.

In a sense, a millionaire homosexual like Ivan Massow would be the perfect fit for today’s modern Tories.

But he faces opposition from Zac Goldsmith, who, although also a millionaire, is resolutely heterosexual and a strong eurosceptic.  Goldsmith is MP for Heathrow flight-path constituency Richmond Park in Surrey.  He is also an environmentalist and, as one might imagine, is fiercely opposed to a third runway at Heathrow.

To add a little more spice, Mr Goldsmith recruited former Conservative MP and gay marriage opponent Nick de Bois as his campaign manager when he asked his Richmond Park constituents whether he should run for Mayor.

Now, London voters who have been registered as members of the Tory party for at least three months will be able to participate in the primary election in an online ballot, according to Mr Massow.

Crucially for Mr Massow, non-Tory voters will also be able to participate in the online ballot if they are already registered to vote in London and pre-register for the online primary.  Individual candidates will be allowed to spend up to £100,000 in the nominating process, according to reports.

Mr Massow, who declared his intention to run for mayor in May, said he was “delighted” at the news of the primary.

“I’ve spent the last almost year working towards a mayoral bid knowing the only way I could win it is with this primary,” he told City A.M.

“This blows the competition wide open. Had it been just Conservative members it would have been very difficult for me to have beaten Zac [Goldsmith], who’s very popular in west London, where most Conservative members live.

“My pitch to the party is a broader appeal.”

Footballer Sol Campbell is also expected to stand, as is Andrew Boff, leader of the Conservative Group on the London Assembly.

The primary is expected to be held in September.


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Jul 01

‘Homophobia a sign of extremism’

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State of Education, the one with a gay activist from Stonewall (Conservative activist Luke Tryll) as her first appointed advisor, is in the news again.

She is telling teachers to report children who exhibit negative attitudes to homosexuality to the thought police.

They are going to grow up to be terrorists, apparently.

Even the teachers’ unions, so often bastions of progressive attitudes, are not amused by this new imposition of subjective workload.

The BBC reported:

‘The education secretary was speaking as schools in England and Wales were issued with a guide to identifying pupils in danger of radicalisation.

‘She said attacking core British values or being extremely intolerant of homosexuality were examples of behaviour that could raise the alarm.

‘Ms Morgan said it was “a safeguarding” issue comparable to protecting children at risk from gangs or sexual abuse.’  Yes, really.  Homophobia is that bad.

Asked on BBC’s Radio 4 Today Programme to come up with an example of behaviour that might be a cause for concern, she said: “Sadly, Isis are extremely intolerant of homosexuality.”

‘Sadly?’  Is Nicky Morgan carrying a bit of a candle for ISIS?  Would she love them better if, despite all their land-grabbing, slaughter, extortion and rape they had applied for a float in the London Gay Pride parade?

As it happens, Muslims in general are ‘extremely intolerant of homosexuality’.

Is the Government with this initiative taking the first tentative steps to rounding up all Muslim children and sending them and their families off to the Muslim land of their heritage?  I doubt that.

What instead we are seeing is a desire to grab hold of Christian children and force some politically-correct attitudes into them.  The Trojan Horse affair, which started with a Muslim takeover of schools in Birmingham  has been used to give Ofsted new guidelines which are now being used against Christian schools.

It will be the same here.  There is already a drive to sneak homosexual propaganda into schools on the pretext of ‘tackling homophobic bullying’.  This counter-terrorism slant is just a bit of window-dressing to make pro-sodomy indoctrination a bit more acceptable.

In reality, it won’t be a Muslim child who will be picked on.  Instead, look out for the first story of a child of Christian or working-class parents being reported to the police for ‘homophobia’ and then taken into ‘care’ by Social Services.


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May 19

Ashers Bakery guilty of ‘discriminating’

The Politically-motivated cake was baked by another firm.

The Politically-motivated cake was baked by another firm.

A judge in Belfast has found that a bakery discriminated against a homosexual by refusing to bake a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage.

Ashers Baking Company, which is owned and run by the McArthur family, who are Christians, declined an order from a gay rights activist asking for a cake featuring the Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie with a slogan saying ‘Support Gay Marriage’.

Marriage between people of the same sex is illegal in Northern Ireland.  In April 2014 the Stormont Assembly rejected a Sinn Fein motion to change the definition of marriage for the third time in eighteen months.  In April 2015 the Assembly rejected yet another Sinn Fein motion for ‘gay marriage’.

Gareth Lee

Gareth Lee

Despite that, the judge found Ashers Bakery had discriminated against one Gareth Lee on the grounds of sexual orientation as well as his political beliefs.

The cake was baked and iced by another firm.  Cllr Andrew Muir (Alliance Party) cut the cake in an event held by ‘QueerSpace’ last year.

Damages of £500 have already been agreed between the law firms representing Ashers and Mr Lee.

The case was brought by Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission.

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuiness tweeted: “Asher’s bakery judgement a good result for equality, gay people have for far too long been discriminated against. We and the law on their side.”

But unionist politicians disagreed.

DUP MLA Paul Givan, who has proposed that lawmakers in the Northern Ireland Assembly introduce a “conscience clause” as a result of the Ashers case, said many Christians would view the ruling as “an attack” on their religious convictions.

Jim Allister MLA condemned the ruling.

Jim Allister MLA has condemned the ruling along with Democratic Unionist Party politicians.

“What we cannot have is a hierarchy of rights, and today there’s a clear hierarchy being established that gay rights are more important than the rights of people to hold religious beliefs,” Mr Givan added.

His party colleague David McIlveen tweeted: “Utterly sickened that a Christian owned business has been hauled over the coals for refusing to promote something that is not legal in NI.”

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister said it was “a dark day for justice and religious freedom in Northern Ireland”.

Speaking outside Belfast County Court ahead of the ruling, Ashers general manager Daniel McArthur said: “We happily serve everyone but we cannot promote a cause that goes against what the Bible says about marriage.

“We have tried to be guided in our actions by our Christian beliefs.”

Christian campaigners will be looking not just to the Stormont Assembly but also to the UK Government to ensure business peoples’ Christian conscience is supported.

See 11th July 2014: Ashers Baking ‘Discriminated’


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May 12

N.T. Wright on Same-Sex Marriage

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