Blogs

  • 6 May 2015

    WELCOME to the Ekklesia rolling blog for the eve, day and aftermath (the results and verdict) of the 2015 UK General Election.

    This is a space where a range of our staff, associates and contributors will be reporting and reflecting LIVE as the election takes shape, as the results come in, and as we see what settlements are likely or possible in the light of that. The hashtags to use on social media are #GE2015 and #VoteBelief

  • 6 May 2015

    Recently, the Church Times newspaper in England reported that its study had found that, among the two largest parties currently, 38 per cent of Christians would likely vote Conservative, and 33 per cent Labour. When the results were divided denominationally, strong preferences were found. 48 per cent of Anglicans would vote Conservative (and 16 per cent for UKIP), while Catholics favoured Labour to Conservative, by 42 per cent to 31 per cent.

  • 6 May 2015

    Statutory maternity pay may be axed, and incapacity benefit and housing benefit for under-25s removed if the Conservatives return to power. The Guardian has revealed details of possible further ‘welfare’ cuts set out in leaked documents.

  • 6 May 2015

    Many of us inherit our politics and our religion. For that reason, both require examination and re-evaluation from time to time. It can be difficult to accept that familial and tribal loyalties may, if not subject to discernment, become barriers to truth, fidelity and justice.

  • 6 May 2015

    Over the past five years, the UK’s ruling Coalition has brought in heavy cuts to social security and public services. If a Conservative-led alliance comes to power in the general election, this is likely to intensify.

  • 6 May 2015

    I have never felt that voting was so important. For many people, the result of this election could, quite literally, be a matter of life and death.

  • 4 May 2015

    Cuts in the UK have harmed many of the most disadvantaged, including people who are disabled or low-paid. If a Conservative-led government takes power, further reductions and privatisation are likely to have a harsh impact on middle-income households too.

  • 4 May 2015

    As the election period draws to a close and a hung parliament looks likely, many are already looking to the post election period. Whilst it is obvious that from May 8th onwards there will be conversations between different parties, one observer has suggested that the Conservatives are about to try and change the way those conversations are presented.

  • 3 May 2015

    There has been extensive media coverage of the birth of a daughter to the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge. Yet, from a biblical perspective, a royal baby being born (or a new member of a president’s ‘first family’) is not that uncommon.

  • 3 May 2015

    People with disabilities or a long-term illness, having borne the brunt of welfare cuts in this Parliament, fear what will happen after the General Election. With the Conservatives promising a further £12 billion cuts without specifying where the axe would fall, they fear the worst.