Bernadette Meaden's blog

Government responsibility for unemployment includes how the unemployed feel

In a recent BBC debate on unemployment, there was an unbearably poignant moment, when a middle-aged man, Michael, was asked how he felt about being unemployed. ‘I feel humiliated’ he said, close to tears, ‘I feel like it’s my fault’.

He went on to tell of a young woman he knew who had killed herself because she despaired of ever getting a job.

Time for the Lib Dems to rethink their place in the Coalition?

With Chris Huhne’s resignation, it is generally agreed that the Liberal Democrats have lost their strongest voice in Cabinet, and will be even less able to exert influence over government policies. His seat as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change was barely cold before Conservative backbenchers were pressing for a reduction in subsidies for renewable energy.

Time for a name change at the Centre for Social Justice?

Is the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) correctly named? If social justice means all people or all sections of society being treated fairly and equally, then it’s time for a rebrand.

The real scandal of welfare

In their campaign to build support for welfare reforms, ministers have frequently said that the main cause of child poverty is worklessness.

Osborne's plan to undermine public services, move money from poor to prosperous areas

George Osborne has come up with a policy that could simultaneously undermine public services and redistribute money from poor areas to prosperous ones.

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The American influence on coalition policy

David Cameron and his Conservative colleagues make no secret of their admiration of all things American.

The bosses know best?

When Vince Cable recently called for workers to be given a seat on company boards, and a say on what their bosses are paid, the business community was predictably dismissive.

Gangmasters: Let's do the quango

It’s almost seven years since 23 Chinese cockle pickers working for a gangmaster were swept out to sea and drowned in Morecambe Bay. An investigation found that they had not been equipped or prepared for the conditions they were working in. The gangmaster was found guilty of 21 counts of manslaughter. Only 21 counts, because two bodies were never found.

International Aid: It's not just corrupt regimes that are a problem

Increases in Britain’s aid budget have been typically characterised by the Daily Mail among others as ‘pouring billions of pounds of new aid money into some of the world’s most corrupt regimes.’

The case for publicly-created 'free' money

Every day it seems that Europe sinks deeper and deeper into a pit of debt, with one country after another finding the interest rates demanded on its borrowings climbing ever higher.