The Role of Business in International Development

Economic growth is the linchpin of development. It generates the resources which can, if fairly taxed and distributed, ensure that the key public goods of security, health and education are available to all and not just a few. In turn, it depends for its success upon a state in which the rule of law and human rights are respected and protected and in which the government is accountable to the people.

'Practical Politics, Principled Faith' - Faith and Life in Britain Lecture, Westminster Cathedral

Rt Hon William Hague in Westminster Cathedral
It is a huge honour to be invited to give this lecture in Westminster Cathedral tonight, and, at the time His Eminence, Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor telephoned me a few weeks ago to invite me to give it, a wholly unexpected one. We politicians are used to unexpected calls and comments. One of my favourite stories is of the farmer who I approached on a long drive and many cattle grids.

It's all in the parenting, stupid!

Guns, drugs, knives… it’s easy to look to schools or the Government for answers to the problems faced, or caused, by our young people. Joe Aldred argues that the way forward lies in the values taught at home.

Is the Criminal Justice System Working - The view from a Magistrates eyes

Luton Magistrates Court is an incredibly busy court: we sit on a great variety of matters, from shoplifting, traffic and fraud, to matters relating to manslaughter and murder. As a Magistrate, I have noticed certain worrying trends regarding: (a) the emergence of Prolific and Priority Offenders (PPOs), (b) the age of the offenders and (c) the reason for the offence.

The Secret of their Success

In recent years, Black boys have become synonymous with underachievement. Increasing recognition of the challenges that Black boys face in education is a good first step in counteracting some of the obstacles they face. However, Black boys are not a homogeneous group and there are also those who have successfully overcome barriers to academic success.

Health and Stewardship

I used to see Susan about every six months. She has “relapsing remitting” multiple sclerosis, the same type of MS that President Jed Bartlett suffered from in The West Wing, the (brilliant) television series about a fictional leader of the free world and his White House staff.

Framework for a healthy childhood

In a culture where young people are increasingly allowed to make adult decisions, we are robbing them of their rightful freedom from responsibility, says Julia Manning.

A Christian View of Government

· Government is a good, but it is important to recognise that it has its limitations.· The Bible does not provide the answer to every intricate question of policy detail; it does provide a framework  within which policy making can be approached.

Spring Harvest in Minehead

Rt Hon William Hague
In a landmark speech at the Spring Harvest festival of evangelicals in April 2000, William Hague explains his Conservative philosophy of linking social justice to personal responsibility. He also invites Christians to make a difference by joining Britain's mainstream political parties.

Voluntarism and good neighbourliness

"Somebody has to pay the innkeeper," Ann Widdecombe said recently, referring to the parable of the Good Samaritan. But why did he decide to be the one to foot the bill? Why would anyone volunteer for more work, more responsibility? The parable raises some searching questions.