Bernadette Meaden's blog

Why is government held to account on money lost, but not lives?

In recent days the media has positively revelled in Chris Grayling’s reputation for incompetence, and almost every report focused on what his failures have cost in financial terms.

The Independent Group - old wine in a new bottle

The Independent Group (TIG) shows no sign of any fresh thinking, and every sign of being firmly attached to the status quo.

Universal Credit, foodbanks, and media management

Imagine living in a country where an admission by the government that its own policies were causing hunger amongst the population was greeted as a positive development by social justice campaigners

Benefit sanctions: where is the government's duty of care?

The government has recently been

Can a tour of foodbanks by two MPs serve any useful purpose?

I confess, when I first heard that Conservative MP Heidi Allen was undertaking a tour of foodbanks to understand the causes of poverty in the UK, I was very angry.

Universal Credit rumbles on: don't be distracted by the smoke and mirrors

In any appraisal of Amber Rudd’s performance as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, there is one area in which she should score very highly – media management.

Welfare reform: increasing hunger by design

In the UK today there is more protection for the nutritional needs of prisoners than there is for people who are poor and in need of social security.

Austerity, artificial scarcity, and the 'migrant crisis'

A banker, a worker, and a migrant sit at a table, on which there are a dozen biscuits.

The nativity, child poverty, and where the church stands

At Christmas, Christians focus their thoughts and prayers on a traditional nativity scene, with the baby Jesus at its centre.

In the UK in 2018, we must defend our human rights

Decades ago, I joined Amnesty International. Naively, in those days I thought human rights were something that needed to be defended in other countries.