Bernadette Meaden's blog

Welcoming a more humane approach to drug policy

It is not often that a person elected to public office makes a policy announcement which is courageous, enlightened, and humane.

PIP and ESA assessments are working as intended

If a food product is found to be contaminated, it is immediately withdrawn from sale. If a vehicle is found to be unsafe it is taken off the road.

Access, influence, and political debate

There is justifiable concern about political debate becoming more polarised and toxic, but any attempt to improve the situation needs to ensure that responsibility is apportioned fairly.

They said Britain was broken – it is now

We were told we needed welfare reform because we were living in ‘Broken Britain’ , a

Austerity, welfare reform, and deaths

The suggestion that people in the UK have died, and are dying, because of government policies is sometimes dismissed as extreme.

Toby Young and rules applied to the many, but not the few

Are the standards to which people are now held inversely proportional to the status and responsibility of the positions to which they are appointed?

'Self-disconnection' and the invisibility of poverty

If a winter storm leaves a community in the UK without electricity it makes the national news, and we get frequent updates until supplies are restored.

Twelve social justice points for Christmas

As homelessness, rough sleeping, child poverty and destitution grows, there are repeated attempts to shift responsibility from government policy and economic injustice, and on to individuals – as i

Hard Times: a Dickensian Christmas in 2017

When Jesus was born in a stable, men of high status brought him gifts. The shepherds, being poor, simply brought their company, and their love.

The disability employment gap - warm words and cold hearts

These days, whenever the government talks about helping people who are ill or disabled, this quote from Tolstoy springs to mind: “I sit on a man's back choking him and making him carry me, and yet