Regular comment and analysis from some of our staff and associates.

  • February 21, 2015

    For a few weeks I’ve been trying to write a general critique of welfare reform, addressing each policy point by point, looking at the assumptions on which it was based, what it aimed to achieve, an

  • February 19, 2015

    The Daily Telegraph today (19th February 2015) reported on the new F

  • February 17, 2015

    The Church of England's bishops have issued a letter giving advice to Christians about issues to take into account when casting their votes in May.

  • February 15, 2015

    “Remember your responsibilities as a citizen for the conduct of local, national and international affairs. Do not shrink from the time and effort your involvement may demand.” This is one of 42 challenges and questions posed to members of the...

  • February 14, 2015

    People unable to work because of obesity, drug or alcohol problems may have their social security payments cut if they do not undergo treatment, UK prime minister David Cameron has threatened. He has asked Professor Dame Carol Black, an adviser...

  • February 11, 2015

    Whoever we decide to vote for in May, we need an election campaign fought on the basis of truth, not spin. In the past, charities would have spoken out if a politician tried to give a false picture of reality, but many now feel...

  • February 10, 2015

    The latest scandal to hit HSBC, Britain’s biggest bank, again throws a spotlight on the enormous failings of the finance sector. It is also a source of embarrassment for governments present and past – but also for the Church of England.

  • February 8, 2015

    Nick Dilworth is a welfare rights adviser who has seen the full impact of welfare reform on the lives of his clients. He is...

  • February 7, 2015

    An MP’s defence of benefit sanctions left many other UK parliamentarians stunned. It also showed how common magical thinking has become among those wanting tougher treatment of people receiving social security.

  • February 4, 2015

    The managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine recently went to Damascus, where he interviewed President Bashar al-Assad. Ekklesia associate and regional expert Dr Harry Hagopian assesses where the president stands in the tragic and bloody mess...

  • February 4, 2015

    People often suspect that the purpose of recent welfare reforms was not to make the system more efficient or more fair, but to make the system so hostile, punitive and humiliating that people would be deterred from claiming. A decision by the DWP...

  • February 3, 2015

    It seems we are at war again. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has declared a “war on illiteracy and innumeracy”. The booty will include 11-year-olds reciting the twelve times table and the attrition, threatening schools which fail to deliver...

  • February 3, 2015

    Ekklesia, the politics and beliefs thinktank, has joined senior religious leaders in calling for a positive debt deal for Greece and an alternative, moral approach to the economic crises brought about by debt-deflationary policies and austerity...

  • February 3, 2015

    Generation Rent writes: "If you rent from a private landlord, you’re probably under pressure. You spend on average two days wages every week on rent, you have a one in three chance of living in squalor and you have very little protection if the...

  • February 3, 2015

    Commenting on a new report from the independent Harries Commission on the impact of the Lobbying Act, Simon Barrow, co-director of the politics

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