Blogs

  • 7 May 2015

    I’m dangerous, and I know it: I’ve just voted. And not for one of The Approved Parties.

    No, I voted for the Scottish National Party candidate, Stephen Paterson. He’s the only one who can realistically defeat the candidate from the largest of The Approved Parties.

  • 7 May 2015

    I am often cautious about making election forecasts, but when it comes to the Green Party, I’m unusually confident about my predictions.

  • 7 May 2015

    It seems that quite a lot of candidates don't like getting too close to voters. To me, the revealing thing about Gordon Brown's little brush with Gillian Duffy five years ago were the words "...they should never have put me with that woman".

  • 7 May 2015

    Fifteen UKIP candidates and two Conservatives have signed a statement that commits them to opposing the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system. Unfortunately, they appear to have done so by accident.

  • 6 May 2015

    Recently, the Church Times newspaper in England reported that its study had found that, among the two largest parties currently, 38 per cent of Christians would likely vote Conservative, and 33 per cent Labour. When the results were divided denominationally, strong preferences were found. 48 per cent of Anglicans would vote Conservative (and 16 per cent for UKIP), while Catholics favoured Labour to Conservative, by 42 per cent to 31 per cent.

  • 6 May 2015

    Statutory maternity pay may be axed, and incapacity benefit and housing benefit for under-25s removed if the Conservatives return to power. The Guardian has revealed details of possible further ‘welfare’ cuts set out in leaked documents.

  • 6 May 2015

    Many of us inherit our politics and our religion. For that reason, both require examination and re-evaluation from time to time. It can be difficult to accept that familial and tribal loyalties may, if not subject to discernment, become barriers to truth, fidelity and justice.

  • 6 May 2015

    Over the past five years, the UK’s ruling Coalition has brought in heavy cuts to social security and public services. If a Conservative-led alliance comes to power in the general election, this is likely to intensify.

  • 6 May 2015

    I have never felt that voting was so important. For many people, the result of this election could, quite literally, be a matter of life and death.

  • 4 May 2015

    Cuts in the UK have harmed many of the most disadvantaged, including people who are disabled or low-paid. If a Conservative-led government takes power, further reductions and privatisation are likely to have a harsh impact on middle-income households too.