RBWM Motion – Ofsted Inspection of Churches

By Councillor Richards This Council expresses concern that Ofsted will be given new powers to inspect church premises to assess whether teaching in an out-of-school setting complies with British values and urges a review of this policy. My Speech I am bringing this motion firstly as a council Member with a conservative political philosophy. I […]

Why I will Vote Leave…

As requested by quite a few friends… Firstly I believe it is only a Christian faith which can transform individual hearts and change societies and not politics or institutions. This is where the real work lies. The church is broken right now but has risen before… The one reason I will vote Leave…Sovereignty. I simply […]

RBWM Motion – Supporting Syrian Refugees

QUESTION: Could the leader of the Council set out what steps he is taking to welcome refugees from the current Syria crisis to the RBWM as part of the government’s effort to accept more refugees. MOTION: This council: i. supports the Prime Minister’s announcement on 7 September that the UK will accept up to 20,000 […]

Bank Holiday at the RAH

Over the bank holiday weekend, The Royal Albert Hall was sold out for two whole days for the Leadership Conference 2014, hosted by the nation’s largest Anglican church, Holy Trinity Brompton or HTB. The overflow venue at HTB church was also filled to capacity. The event was streamed live online for those who couldn’t get a […]

An ‘Odd Position’

In an article about capital punishment in The Economist, the writer noted: many conservative evangelicals have ended up in the odd position of prizing life when it comes to abortion, but not when it comes to prisoners (the Catholic church is pro-life on both counts). I found this an odd thing to say. Given a choice between life […]

Skyfall, Glencoe

Wow. As the Scottish Highland scene began, I was glad I did not wait for the DVD before seeing the latest Bond movie. On an anniversary date, my wife and I decided right away that we would have to take our sons there. Breathtaking. The National Trust for Scotland rightly expects visitor numbers to increase and […]

Western Cape Protests

It was a shock to hear that large numbers of protesters had descended on the farming town of Robertson in South Africa.  Road blocks were set up with burning tyres, mobs armed with pangas and machetes marched on farms intimidating the workers into protesting against their employers. The reason? A demand for higher wages. Why […]

James Bond and Grace

I attended the Annual Autumn Ball of the Windsor Conservative Association on Saturday 17th November. It is one of the highlights for the local association and is attended by the MP for Windsor, Adam Afriyie and his wife. Also present was the Mayor of the Royal Borough and local councillors. Inspired by the James Bond […]

Great Teams

The XXX Olympiad in London has been uplifting, inspiring and a huge success for Team GB. It has been Great Britain’s most successful Olympic Games. Finishing third in the medals table, behind the USA and China, Team GB took home 29 Gold, 17 Silver and 19 Bronze medals – more golds than in 1972, 1976, […]

Focus on the Prize

More nations than at the United Nations, 205 countries, have sent 10,500 athletes to compete in 300 events at the London 2012 Olympics Games. Team GB has more than 500 members. The Olympics offer a supreme example of what it means to focus on a prize. It is a four year journey for every athlete to […]