Savi Hensman's blog

Muslims, Christians, questionnaires and counter-extremism

A law to “promote social cohesion and protect people by tackling extremism” was one of the measures in the Queen’s Speech.

Ashers bakery ruling sows confusion about discrimination

A Northern Ireland court found Ashers Baking Company guilty of discrimination after it refused to bake a cake calling for same-sex couples to be allowed to marry.

Rightward shift could further damage Labour

After the Labour Party’s disappointing results in the UK General Election, some senior figures are urging it to move still further to the right.

Maternity pay and other key benefits at risk, leaked document reveals

Statutory maternity pay may be axed, and incapacity benefit and housing benefit for under-25s removed if the Conservatives return to power.

Assault on ‘welfare state’ has damaged UK economy too

Over the past five years, the UK’s ruling Coalition has brought in heavy cuts to social security and public services.

Further cuts would badly affect middle-income families

Cuts in the UK have harmed many of the most disadvantaged, including people who are disabled or low-paid.

At every birth, a royal baby

There has been extensive media coverage of the birth of a daughter to the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge.

Ruling out cross-party cooperation does not help democracy

It is impossible to be sure who will win the UK general election.

Wealth of richest doubles as others struggle financially

The total wealth of Britain’s richest 1000 individuals and families has more than doubled over ten years, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

Calling people cockroaches: limits of acceptable speech

A recent BBC documentary powerfully depicted the plight of Christians in the Middle East, amidst threats by Isis and other forces.