Bernadette Meaden's blog

The Two Nations of Britain and 'economic murder'

In Benjamin Disraeli’s novel Sybil, published in 1845, an aristocratic character boasts that Britain is the greatest nation that ever existed.

Why Universal Credit needs to be stopped and scrapped

The designers of Universal Credit sold it as a simplification of the benefits system.

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If a food product is found to be contaminated, it is immediately withdrawn from sale.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