Bernadette Meaden's blog

Voting - a matter of life and death

Voting - a matter of life and death

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.

An open letter from disabled people about further welfare cuts

An open letter from disabled people about further welfare cuts

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.

The deficit obsession: starving the children to pay off the mortgage early

The deficit obsession: starving the children to pay off the mortgage early

In May 2010 our economy had bounced back from the banking crisis and was growing well. In May 2015 the economy is fragile and growth is slowing steadily. This would suggest a change of course is necessary, but we are told that no, we must carry on down the austerity path.

Unemployment, 'wrong data', and the harm it can cause

Unemployment, 'wrong data', and the harm it can cause


It has been reported on the BBC website
that Conservative candidates are making claims about falling unemployment in their constituencies using ‘wrong data’. This can be misleading for the electorate, and upsetting for people in those constituencies who are unemployed.

Disability News Service and the DWP

Disability News Service and the DWP

John Pring is an experienced journalist, who has been reporting on disability issues for nearly 20 years. He launched the Disability News Service (DNS) in April 2009 to provide in-depth reporting on issues that affect the lives of people with disabilities.

Is Katie Hopkins the unacceptable face of government policy?

Is Katie Hopkins the unacceptable face of government policy?

Katie Hopkins, a person who makes her living by courting controversy, has written a piece for the Sun which has caused outrage. As thousands of men, women and children die a horrible death in the Mediterranean, she writes, "NO, I don’t care. Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad. I still don’t care."

Rewriting history and our Election campaign

Rewriting history and our Election campaign

Many dramas are based on a true story. I never thought I’d see a General Election based on fiction. The three main parties appear to have based their manifestoes on a rewritten version of our own recent history, and the media are going along with it. It is quite bizarre.

Wealth, welfare, and wages

Wealth, welfare, and wages

The reason many people give for not voting is "they’re all the same" and "it won’t make any difference". Fortunately for our democracy, as the election campaign progresses this seems increasingly untrue, particularly, this weekend, in the area of taxation.

Foodbanks: 'big society' or damage limitation?

Foodbanks: 'big society' or damage limitation?

In a column in the Telegraph, Fraser Nelson has stated: "David Cameron should not be afraid to talk about food banks. Rather than a sign of social decay, they are a sign of the ‘big society’ in action."

Please show solidarity with disabled people

Please show solidarity with disabled people

The Conservatives are refusing to give details of where £12 billion of further social security cuts will come from, but Iain Duncan Smith has said, "there are some things that we will do, and want to do, that are of life-changing, dramatic effects."