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. Meanwhile many ordinary people have been badly affected by low pay and cuts.
It has been reported on the BBC website that Conservative candidates are making claims about falling unemployment in their constituencies using ‘wrong data’. This can be misleading for the electorate, and upsetting for people in those constituencies who are unemployed.
Ekklesia associate and board member Vaughan Jones, who is minister of Harecourt United Reformed Church in London, appears on BBC Northern Ireland's 'Sunday Sequence' programme on 26 April 2015 (from 8.30am), talking about the follow-on from the tragic sinking of an Italian coastguard ship that killed 800 refugee-migrants earlier this week.
John Pring is an experienced journalist, who has been reporting on disability issues for nearly 20 years. He launched the Disability News Service (DNS) in April 2009 to provide in-depth reporting on issues that affect the lives of people with disabilities.
At the end of the week in which the party manifestos were published, I attended a hustings in a nearby church. The five candidates standing in this rural seat – Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Ukip – all took part.
Katie Hopkins, a person who makes her living by courting controversy, has written a piece for the Sun which has caused outrage. As thousands of men, women and children die a horrible death in the Mediterranean, she writes, "NO, I don’t care. Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad. I still don’t care."