Economy and Politics

  • 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

    Quakers in Britain have expressed the will to challenge the incoming UK government to adopt policies that will cut social injustice and build a more just, sustainable society.

  • 7 May 2015

    A new report published by Amnesty International reveals the " sheer terror and unbearable suffering" of civilians under aerial bobmardment in the besieged city of Aleppo.

  • 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

    Quakers in Britain have spoken out strongly against the proposal to extend the ‘right to buy’ legislation to housing associations.

  • 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.