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Do we have a moral obligation to be happy for the sake of others?

I woke this morning to an interesting question on Twitter: @gmaxski Thanks: I think that shows how important it is to have something positive to say. A good thought with which to start the day. @gmaxski Thanks: I think that shows how important it is to have something positive to say. A good thought with which to start the day. — Steve Baker MP (@SteveBakerMP) January 30, 2015 It reminded me of this video from Prager University, Why be happy? […]

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Letter to the Bucks Free Press on freedom of expression and extremism

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Via the Bucks Free Press, my letter on freedom of expression and extremism: I was delighted that this year’s parade in High Wycombe to celebrate the birth of Muhammad once again demonstrated the friendship we enjoy in our Town. It was by all accounts a happy and successful occasion. I have observed closely the development of local commentary in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. I read the Mayor’s statement on Facebook carefully, and the support and criticism he […]

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Calling for a new generation of Urgent Care Centre in Wycombe during the NHS debate

Yesterday, I spoke in the debate on the NHS, calling for a new generation of urgent care centre in Wycombe in line with NHS England guidance, particularly: NHS England, Transforming urgent and emergency care services in England NHS England Five Year Forward View Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): I begin by paying tribute to the staff and leadership of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The trust went through special measures as a result of the Keogh review, when it was found to […]

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Eric Pickles’ letter to Islamic leaders

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Eric Pickle’s letter to mosques may be downloaded from the Government website here. The Prime Minister’s reaction to criticism is on the BBC site here. Given that the problems we face together are so grave, I hope people will read the letter for themselves before forming a view. It is a subject altogether too serious for the usual party political pantomime. I am satisfied that local leaders of all faiths and none are already working exceptionally hard for the long […]

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Discover the place of Christmas in the drama of God’s plan to set the world right

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This morning at Speen Church, we focussed on Tearfund’s Silent Night Carols. It was a moving reminder of the astonishing peace which broke out during the Great War at Christmas a century ago. We also had time to remember the appalling suffering in Syria today, to pray for people there and to give in support of Tearfund’s work. Great political, economic and social forces are at work in the world. Humanity suffers violence, pestilence and poverty. The Economist summarises the year’s news here. Ukraine, Crimea and Russia’s […]

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