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As winter comes, the impacts of the government's cuts in social spending and welfare are increasingly tangible, as more and more people struggle to make ends meet.
After the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on 5 December 2013, the BBC’s Business Editor, Robert Peston, made an extraordinarily political statement which went unchallenged.
The electorate was sent a message last week: if you want this government to take you seriously you must get rich, cultivate friends in the Conservative Party, and spend a lot of money on covert lobbying. We may be living in a democracy, but it doesn’t feel that way.
Like many other church assemblies around this time, the Church of England General Synod in July 2013 faces several controversial and challenging issues. As Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby recognised, both openness and boldness are needed.