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.
As the election period draws to a close and a hung parliament looks likely, many are already looking to the post election period. Whilst it is obvious that from May 8th onwards there will be conversations between different parties, one observer has suggested that the Conservatives are about to try and change the way those conversations are presented.
There has been extensive media coverage of the birth of a daughter to the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge. Yet, from a biblical perspective, a royal baby being born (or a new member of a president’s ‘first family’) is not that uncommon.
People with disabilities or a long-term illness, having borne the brunt of welfare cuts in this Parliament, fear what will happen after the General Election. With the Conservatives promising a further £12 billion cuts without specifying where the axe would fall, they fear the worst.
As polling day draws close I’m reminded of a scene from the American TV show ‘The West Wing’. With the election very tight, the leader of the Democratic Party shakes his head declaring ‘I’ve never seen electoral math like this’. I think we all know how he feels.
It is impossible to be sure who will win the UK general election. Yet it is almost certain that a sizeable majority of voters will back parties which publicly oppose further harsh cuts in public services such as the NHS and social security benefits.
This week UKIP published its Christian manifesto outlining its approach to issues it believes Christians care about. I’ve spent the last few days going through the document to see how it stacks up as a manifesto that Christians could support. Here’s what I found.