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.
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.
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?
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."
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.
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.
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."
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."