Bernadette Meaden's blog

Inequality, scapegoating and misdirection


Theresa May and mental health - first do no harm

Theresa May could quite easily stop her own government making life much harder for people who have mental health problems.

When government policies put people at risk

The Prime Minister, we are told, is going to talk about a shared society. It would be good if she could make it a safe society for those at the sharp end of government policy.

Reclaim the State in 2017

“David Cameron has been in Leeds preaching to businessmen the virtues of what he calls ‘the smart state’.

Our choice at Christmas

The world of contemporary art is, to be honest, not one I usually take an interest in, but something happened this year which caught my attention.

Lord Freud, Peter Oborne, and welfare reform

Veteran journalist Peter Oborne rightly has a reputation for integrity and intellectual rigour.

Work, poverty, and Christianity

“If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin” wrote Charles Darwin. (Journal of Researches, 1836.)

Politics, politicians, and Christianity

The actions of our government and the rhetoric of many politicians seem to become harsher by the day.

What is it like to be disabled and work at the DWP?

The Department for Work and Pensions

Does Green Paper reveal government's lack of commitment to the welfare state?

Does a section of the government’s Green Paper on Work, Health and