Bernadette Meaden's blog

Health tourism and the moral justification for selfishness

Have we ever had a government with so little regard for truth or accuracy? The tendency for senior Conservatives to routinely ‘misrepresent’ statistics for their own political ends, or make decisions and statements based on ‘feelings’ has developed apace over the past few years. Iain Duncan Smith has been rebuked by the UK Statistics Authority for this habit, as has Grant Shapps, Conservative Party Chairman.

World Mental Health Day should highlight the government's ongoing failures

The Government should not be so quick to issue statements expressing its pride at the 'progress' it has made ahead of World Mental health Day.

The Chartists, civic vandalism, and destruction of our radical history

This blog post started as a report on the campaign to save Newport’s Chartist mural. But before I finished writing, Newport Council moved in and started destroying this remarkable piece of public art.

Afflicting the afflicted and comforting the comfortable

It’s a struggle to understand many government policies, when they so obviously achieve the opposite of their stated aims. Take just a few examples.

Remembering the thousands who have died after being passed 'fit for work'

As sick and disabled people suffer distress and poverty they really need people of faith not to pass by on the other side of the road. So it was heartening when on 28 September 2013, the Dean of St Paul’s joined grassroots campaigners to demand an end to Work Capability Assessments and a New deal for sick and disabled people, as called for by the WOW petition.

The UN wants to hear from you on welfare changes

If you or a loved one have been affected by welfare reform, particularly changes to disability benefits and Atos Work Capability Assessments, the United Nations would now like to hear from you.

The 'real world' economy

With his boast of a recovering economy and rising disposable income, George Osborne seems to many people to be living in a different world to the one they inhabit. The feel good factor apparently being detected in Westminster is completely absent for the vast majority of the population, particularly outside of South East England. Perhaps it’s not surprising, as many official statistics seem increasingly removed from the real experience of the majority of the population

Taxpayers Against Poverty is the real 'taxpayers alliance'

The Taxpayers Alliance (TPA) usually gets extensive media coverage for its work, and this holds true for its latest report, ‘Work for the Dole’ written by former Conservative candidate Chris Phelp.

Syria: money for war, but not for human need

William Harold Coltman was the most highly decorated ‘other ranks’ British soldier in the First World War. In official terms that makes him an extremely brave man. Remarkably, he never fired a shot. As a conscientious objector he opted to become a stretcher bearer and saved countless lives. He never took a life.

Flirting with extremism: the Von Papen lesson

We have recently seen the Conservative party flirt with extremist views, in what seemed like a rather obvious attempt to win back supporters drawn to UKIP.