Savi Hensman's blog

Faslane extravagance means net job losses and a threat to security

George Osborne, the UK chancellor, announced that £500 million is to be spent on a nuclear submarine base in Scotland, securing or creating over 6,700 jobs and protecting the country.

Sick and disabled claimant death figures released

Between December 2011 and February 2014, 2,650 people died shortly after losing incapacity benefits when judged fit for work and 1,360 died just after completing appeals.

Archbishop unjustly bars lay reader for marrying

The Archbishop of York will block a lay minister from serving local churches, simply because he is getting married.

Anti-migrant rhetoric and the realities of terror

Are you more afraid of being tortured, shot, beheaded or forced to murder your neighbours to save your own life? If threatened, how far would you run to escape?

The Labour Party’s ‘welfare’ dilemma

Divisions have opened up among Labour Party leaders over whether to avoid opposing harsh social security cuts. Some regard this as a difference between the sensible and dogmatic.

Will the budget succeed in derailing the UK economy?

The Summer Budget produced by the UK chancellor George Osborne will, predictably, continue to widen the gap between the rich and the rest of the population.

Social housing crackdown could cost taxpayers billions

Hundreds of thousands of council and housing association tenants in England could face rocketing rents or eviction unless they buy their homes.

Earth entering sixth ‘mass extinction’ phase, scientists warn

The earth is entering its sixth mass extinction event, biologists from several universities have warned.

Magna Carta: overcoming idolatry towards the state

The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta in June 2015 is being widely celebrated. King John’s signing of this document symbolised the end of an age when rulers had absolute power.

Scottish Episcopal Church moves towards marrying same-sex couples

The Scottish Episcopal Church has taken a major step towards letting same-sex couples marry in church. However the process of change will take at least two years.