Economy and Politics

  • 2 Feb 2012

    Disabled actor, writer and comedian Francesca Martinez, who has been outspoken in support of those challenging the impact on vulnerable people of the Welfare Reform Bill (WRB), put the matter powerfully and poignantly on the This Week TV politics show: the government, she said, is "morally disabled" in its approach to these issues and to the human effect of its policies.

  • 2 Feb 2012

    The government's minister for disabled people, Maria Miller, yesterday reiterated in the House of Commons her oft-made claim that charities back the coalition's welfare reform policies.

  • 2 Feb 2012

    The coalition used its Commons majority to overturn Lords amendments to its Welfare Reform Bill yesterday, but legal and political challenges will continue.

  • 1 Feb 2012

    Jersey Chief Minister Ian Gorst is proposing legislation to limit vulture funds profiteering on debt claims from some of the world’s poorest countries.

  • 1 Feb 2012

    Britain's four Children's Commissioners have joined up to demand changes to the government's Welfare Reform Bill, saying the coalition's plans will harm young people.

  • 1 Feb 2012

    Today (1 February), at 12.30pm, the Welfare Reform Bill will return to the House of Commons after a series of defeats in the Lords. Let's be very clear - it is a dangerous, incomplete bill based on flawed evidence and unpleasant ideals. It is vast and impenetrable - most of the ministers arguing for it have very little understanding of the detail within it. Yes, that's right, they don't understand the details or effects of their own policies.

  • 1 Feb 2012

    MPs in the Westminster House of Commons are debating the Welfare Reform Bill from 12.30pm on Wednesday 1 February 2012, one day after the House of Lords final debate. There are vital issues at stake for disabled people, including the young disabled and those with cancer, for people on housing benefit, for lone parents, vulnerable women and larger families.

  • 1 Feb 2012

    In viewing the first anniversary of the 25 January 2011 Revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak and set forth many changes that would have simply been unthinkable twelve months ago in Egypt, we should bear in mind that the deep socio-economic and technological structures of civilisations play out over long periods of time, says Dr Harry Hagopian. Here he offers a perspective on the development and prospects of those recent events in Egypt, and responses to them.

  • 1 Feb 2012

    HG Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, has issued a careful and thoughtful statement on the first anniversary of the uprising in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, which took place on the 25 January 2011.

  • 1 Feb 2012

    In recent months social media has proved its worth against some harping critics. The uprisings across the Middle East, the worldwide Occupy protest against unsustainable corporate neo-capitalism and the Spartacus Report revolt of disabled and sick people over punitive welfare cuts and changes: all these movements for change have benefited in a variety of ways from web 2.0 and beyond, from online crowd-sourcing, from twitter, from virals, and from 'internetworking'.