Voices
David Stewart, S.J., a native of Scotland, lives and works at St. Ignatius Jesuit parish in North London and works in various Jesuit ministries across the capital and Britain.
A street cleaner sweeps outside a residence in London May 4, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/John Sibley, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartJune 16, 2020
There is anger, especially at the high number of deaths in the country’s nursing homes, and widespread dismay at the London government’s stumbling attempts at managing the pandemic.
Shoppers walk past empty shelves in a supermarket in Rugby, England, Thursday, March 19, 2020. Supermarkets are limiting the number of similar items shopper can buy to try and halt hoarding and panic buying. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartMarch 20, 2020
In London, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has asked the faithful to “dig deep into our traditions and our resources to make sure that our prayer maintains a eucharistic heart and a eucharistic center,” citing a tradition, little engaged in recent times, of “spiritual communion.”
Photo: Zed Nelson
Arts & Culture Film
David StewartFebruary 28, 2020
Filmed over four years, the film is about the change that has come to Hoxton, the city’s latest chic, hipsterish district.
Anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray holds banners as he stands outside Parliament in London on Jan. 30, 2020. Although Britain formally leaves the European Union on Jan. 31, little will change until the end of the year. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartJanuary 30, 2020
As a moment approaches that is certainly historically massive, one of great triumph or crushing disaster according to your Brexit leaning, Britons are winding ourselves up over a clockwork bell and getting into a flap about a flag.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street in London on Sept. 25. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartSeptember 25, 2019
The highest court in the land ruled unanimously and unambiguously that Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in attempting to suspend Parliament only weeks before Brexit, the withdrawal of Great Britain from the European Union, is set to take effect.
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartSeptember 12, 2019
On Wednesday morning, gasps followed the court’s ruling that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request for a suspension had the “improper purpose of stymieing Parliament.”
Anti-Brexit demonstrators march at Parliament Square, in London, on Tuesday, Sept. 3. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Politics & Society News Analysis
David StewartSeptember 03, 2019
Boris Johnson is trying to run out the clock and force a no-deal Brexit, writes David Stewart in his analysis of British politics. But suspending Parliament may be pushing things too far.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II toast, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartJune 07, 2019
Protest against Mr. Trump’s visit—specifically that he had been honored with a full-blown state visit—was loud and visible on London’s streets although organizers conceded that the numbers fell below expectations and were below the huge numbers of protesters during his previous, non-state visit.
Anti war demonstrators hold banners as they protest outside Westminster Abbey, as a service to recognize 50 years of continuous deterrent at sea takes place in London on May 3. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartMay 17, 2019
Senior clerics of the Church of England joined politicians from the nearby Houses of Parliament to give thanks for the United Kingdom’s seaborne nuclear deterrent. A more ill-judged, if not blasphemous, event could hardly be imagined.
An anti-Brexit supporter stands by European and British Union flags placed opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, on March 18. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartMarch 20, 2019
Parliament is being asked for the first time in history to enact something that it does not believe in.