Economy and Politics

  • 28 Mar 2011

    Untruth is not always communicated in outright lies. There is a type of blinkered misapprehension which presents misleading and inauthentic concepts. None of us are immune to this failing and all of us need to keep it under informed scrutiny. But it often seems to come to the fore in politicians in a manner which does at the very least, raise questions as to their judgement and credibility.

  • 28 Mar 2011

    A UK government review of local authority duties has raised further fears about the future of social services, says Savi Hensman/ Yet, against a background of harsh spending cuts, this is also an opportunity for people and civil society organisations - including churches and faith bodies - to declare whether they believe that children and adults should be able to get the support they need.

  • 27 Mar 2011

    This short film by Oonagh Cousins highlights, in accessible terms, what 'the alternative' to the current recessionary government trajectory looks like - and introduces some of the key players - including political economist Ann Pettifor (who is involved in the 'Green New Deal' group, and writes for Ekklesia among others), UK Uncut, the Robin Hood Tax Campaign initiative, False Economy, and others.

  • 27 Mar 2011

    Listening to the the suave propaganda pouring from the lips of Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, and other government apologists over the last 24 hours, I am struck by the persistence of the 'deficit denial' theme - and the fact that it seems to have won over a significant portion of the public. This does not make what is being said any more factually sound, ethically substantial or intellectually rigorous, of course.

  • 27 Mar 2011

    Protesters, police, reporters and commentators are in disagreement about claims and counterclaims over violent clashes in central London last night.

  • 27 Mar 2011

    27 March is UK Census Day 2011, but though it is a legal requirement to return the form, there is much disagreement about how it is being conducted.

  • 26 Mar 2011

    A central London branch of Barclay's Bank was closed early after Christians concerned about economic injustice planned to hold an act of worship there.

  • 26 Mar 2011

    Thousands of Christians have joined with people of many religions and of none to demonstrate their opposition to the UK government's cuts agenda.

  • 26 Mar 2011

    It was right to be here at the March for the Alternative (http://marchforthealternative.org.uk/) today, but this was not the moment when the tide turned. There were too many subtexts; too fragmented an agenda for that.

  • 26 Mar 2011

    A new YouGov poll published on 26 March 2011 shows the majority of people in the UK back the aims of the huge March for the Alternative.