David Nash

Blasphemy on Trial

In June 1976, Gay News magazine published a poem that – as the subject of a high profile blasphemy trial a year later – was described as ‘the ultimate in profanity’. Whitehouse v Lemon, the trial in question, exposed Britain’s archaic and obscure blasphemy laws. 

John Bull Spirit

The rise of UKIP has spread panic among Britain’s political establishment. But there is nothing new about populist movements, as David Nash reveals in this profile of the newspaper proprietor Horatio Bottomley. 

The Chartists: Charting a Future Democracy

The Chartists’ campaign for political inclusion and social justice ended in failure. But, David Nash argues, their ideas still have much to offer Britain’s discredited Parliamentary system.

The Gain from Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine inspired and witnessed the revolutions that gave birth to the United States and destroyed the French monarchy. A genuinely global figure, he anticipated modern ideas on human rights, atheism and rationalism. 

Beyond the Bible

David Nash explores the movement for moral education that attracted quite a following at the turn of the century, and draws some parallels with today's emphasis on 'good citizenship'

Arguing by Design

David Nash on how Victorian arguments about design in the universe echo in science-theology debates today.