Economy and Politics

  • 8 Feb 2012

    The coalition can force its welfare changes through using procedural measures, minor concessions and ‘financial privilege’ to do so. But the long-term political fall-out from all of this could be immense, says Simon Barrow. The warfare over welfare has shown just how powerful citizens’ action and web-based crowd sourcing can be.

  • 8 Feb 2012

    The competitive nature of the top-down, corporate capitalist system means we can never truly be 'all in this together', says Jonathan Bartley. All we do is sacrifice the most vulnerable for the sake of maintaining an unjust order. Economic alternatives are essential, and go well beyond statism.

  • 8 Feb 2012

    The key role of young people in recent Arab transformations was a recurrent theme for a recent World Council of Churches Christian-Muslim consultation.

  • 7 Feb 2012

    The astonishing failure of humanity and empathy apparent in the content of the Welfare Reform Bill and in the conduct of much of the parliamentary debate around it, reflects poorly on our politicians, says Jill Segger. She suggests that our adversarial and excessively partisan politics creates a culture in which MPs thrive by denying their better selves.

  • 7 Feb 2012

    A group of clergy, academics, and church-related figures have written to the Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, asking them to make clear their opposition to a forcible eviction of Occupy supporters from outside the Cathedral.

  • 7 Feb 2012

    The following letter is being sent this week to the Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral, with a copy to the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres.

  • 7 Feb 2012

    Research by Barnardo's reveals that the poorest young people have been hit hard by the government's decision to scrap Educational Maintenance Allowance.

  • 7 Feb 2012

    London Mayor Boris Johnson has been accused of “complete hypocrisy” by saying that he supports a campaign to make roads safer for cyclists.

  • 7 Feb 2012

    Amnesty International says Cuba must reform an arbitrary exit permit scheme affecting all Cubans, after a prominent blogger was again blocked from travelling abroad.

  • 6 Feb 2012

    MPs in the UK have tabled a motion calling on the Indian Government to close the llegal road through the Jarawa tribe's reserve in the Andaman Islands.