Government fines government 1.5 million 
Saturday, 30 August, 2014, 09:48 AM - Not TFTD
The East of England Ambulance Service has missed its performance targets. You might think that the way to improve it would be to sack those responsible or consider giving it more money. But in the whacky world of government, precisely the opposite happens: they keep the management team and take money away, they fine it 1.5 million.

This seems to be the government's, all governments', approach to wrong doing: fine the institution but avoid making any individuals responsible.

A few years ago, my building society, the Nationwide, lost a laptop containing everybody's account details. That's pretty serious and could have cost me personally if it had got into the wrong hands. The regulator fined the Nationwide for the security breach. But the only money that the Nationwide holds is money from its depositors, people like me. In other words, they fined me, the victim. They should have fined the directors of the building society, but that would mean penalizing some of their chums in the City.

Now the government's doing it again. The ambulance service that serves my community isn't up to scratch, so instead of identifying those responsible, they take money away from the very same ambulance service that is already struggling to meet its targets. Meanwhile the chief executive, who is also chief executive of the West Midlands Ambulance Service and spends 20K a year flitting between the two, remains in post, with no obvious incentive to improve either services' performance.
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Martin Wroe, Writer, Journalist, and oh yes incidentally, Assistant Vicar of St Luke's Church, Islington 
Saturday, 30 August, 2014, 07:50 AM - Wroe
Lots of people give to charity. Unless they're people of Faith, they like to make a big song and dance about it. You won't find we people of Faith coming on the radio, unchallenged, every morning, to tell you about how charitable we are.

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From Norwich, it's the bishop of the week, Flamboyantly Reverend Graham James, Lord Bishop of Norwich 
Friday, 29 August, 2014, 07:53 AM - James
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Right Awful Anne Atkins - Agonising Aunt and Vicar's Wife  
Thursday, 28 August, 2014, 07:53 AM - Atkins
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Rev Rob Marshall, Team Rector of East Ham  
Wednesday, 27 August, 2014, 07:48 AM - Marshall
And here is today's view of the news from a Faith Perspective.

I hope you enjoyed it.

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Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic studies, New College, University of Edinburgh  
Tuesday, 26 August, 2014, 07:58 AM - Siddiqui
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Rev Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican priest in Sheffield  
Monday, 25 August, 2014, 07:51 AM - Billings
How can some young people become religious nutters? Let's ask Jesus.

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Anna Magnusson, Former Head of BBC Radio Scotland Religious Propaganda, Prayer for the Day & Pause for Thought Presenter  
Saturday, 23 August, 2014, 07:58 AM - Art
Here at the Edinburgh Festival, our thoughts turn naturally to France after WWII. The connection is explained by a Christian theologian. And that is my point.

Thank you, thank you. Oh, you're too kind. You really have been a wonderful audience. Thank you.

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Rev Canon Angela Tilby, Christchurch Cathedral Oxford  
Friday, 22 August, 2014, 08:06 AM - Education, Tilby
Yesterday's GCSE results are just the start. As adults we're constantly being examined and reviewed. I'm always being tested to see that I'm still reverend enough.

We all have to make career choices. This is where the Big Book of Magic Stuff is so relevant. It tells us that the Invisible Magic Friend gave us all certain talents. In my case it was how reverend I was. It takes all sorts to make a world. Me, I was hopeless at maths. I was a complete plonker when it came to thinking clearly and logically about purely abstract concepts. That's why I became a reverend.

This is the lesson that yesterday's GCSE failures must learn: if all else fails, you can always become a reverend, like me.

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Choices offered after death 
Friday, 22 August, 2014, 06:06 AM - Life after death, Not TFTD
A short song with accompanying artwork on the myriad choices that the world's religions are constantly pestering us to sign up to.

When We Cut Our Ties
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