Phillips, Francis
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Francis Phillips writes from Buckinghamshire, in the UK.


Alfie Evans: the uses and misuses of language

How about having a dispassionate, fact-based debate?

Date posted: 2018-05-05

The Walls are Talking

What does abortion do to the hearts and minds of those who regularly carry it out?

Date posted: 2016-08-02

The making of men

Today we have lost sight of what a university education should be about. It is seen as a strictly utilitarian process, imparting specialist knowledge for a future career. In a society where all beliefs are seen as relative and where young people are more worldly and sophisticated than ever before, tutors and lecturers feel no responsibility towards their students outside the lecture hall or seminar.

Date posted: 2015-04-07

Penelope Fitzgerald: the valiant life of a mother and novelist

Domestic hardship meant the British writer was 60 before she could launch her career.

Date posted: 2013-12-22

"The Last Man in Russia"

Russia is dying. Its population is shrinking. Its people are drinking themselves to death. Why?

Date posted: 2013-07-13

"Going Solo"

Not just in America, but all over the world, more and more adults are living alone. Should we celebrate their freedom or be dismayed?

Date posted: 2013-07-06

"I am very happy now"

On All Saints Day, I sat down to write a blog about the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP). Since I had last written on this topic there have been an alarming number of newspaper articles describing the sadness and anger of relatives when a dying family member has been put on this "Pathway" without their knowledge or consent.

Date posted: 2012-11-10


An unblinking, honest appraisal of what it means to be a believing Christian by a major British writer.

Date posted: 2012-11-09

The Fix: How addiction is invading our lives

Addiction to cupcakes, coke, drink or the horses is not a disease, but a choice, says a reformed alcoholic.

Date posted: 2012-09-20

Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids

Living in a society where children are often seen as a burden rather than a blessing, I was drawn to Bryan Caplan's title. After all, the received wisdom is that selfish people have fewer rather than more children. The book's dedication seemed to promise further proof of the author's wisdom: "To my parents who gave me life - and to my children who give me joy".

Date posted: 2011-09-22