Yesterday Ekklesia published a large selection of online responses to disability research and activist Sue Marsh's call for people to kickstart the 'ESA End Game' campaign to challenge the iniquities around Employment and Support Allowance (http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/f31.htm).
This is not the first government to be accused of being out of touch, and no doubt it won’t be the last. When the government is comprised largely of millionaires who have led unusually privileged lives, perhaps it is almost too easy an accusation to make. But when a government seems disconnected from the lived reality of its people to an extent that is quite evidently damaging, then the disconnect must be taken seriously.
As part of a new campaign to highlight the highly damaging impact of the government's welfare changes, particularly in relation to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), activist Sue Marsh (http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk/) launched #ESAendgame, the first of a range of mobilising activities, on Twitter and on her web page yesterday (6 March 2013).
Live Below the Line launches today, Tuesday 5 March 2013, so if you're not content with signing a petition when it comes to global poverty - how about taking on the challenge of eating for just one pound a day for five days?
Robert Pigott, Religious Affairs correspondent for BBC News, is an affable man who does a good job of compressing, translating and commenting on often complex religion stories to a general audience that increasingly lacks background knowledge and understanding on these issues.
Recently, Fr Vazken Movsesian, priest of the Armenian Orthodox Church in the USA, and wise guide to many followers and bloggers across five continents, reminded us of an instructive (and familiar) story.
When the One Billion Rising campaign (http://onebillionrising.org/) went global on 14 February 2013, I was travelling. I therefore didn't have time to contribute directly to the commentary arising from this important event. But the agency I work for was definitely involved, I'm glad to say.
On the day of the Eastleigh by-election, figures were released which showed a marked recent decline in net migration, which obviously delighted the Government. Home Secretary Theresa May boasted about how much she had toughened up the rules, but perhaps in an attempt to forestall one potential criticism, stressed the fact that visas for university students had increased by three percent overall.