Voices
David Stewart, S.J., London Correspondent for America 2014-2020, files from his native Scotland where he now lives and works.
In August volunteers unload a van of food donations to a local food bank in the town of Penicuik, in Midlothian, Scotland. iStock
Politics & SocietyDispatches
David Stewart
As the second Covid-19 wave swept Europe so too has a burgeoning conversation about Universal Basic Income.
England's Marcus Rashford warms up ahead of their UEFA Nations League soccer match against Denmark at Wembley Stadium in London on Oct. 14. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via AP, file)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
David Stewart
In England, Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford has become a hero off the pitch after championing kids and families living in poverty, refusing to forget that his own background was not much different.
A street cleaner sweeps outside a residence in London May 4, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/John Sibley, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
David Stewart
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 & SocietyDispatches
David Stewart
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 & CultureFilm
David Stewart
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 & SocietyDispatches
David Stewart
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 & SocietyDispatches
David Stewart
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 & SocietyDispatches
David Stewart
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 & SocietyNews Analysis
David Stewart
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 & SocietyDispatches
David Stewart
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.