Category - inequality

  • 1 Oct 2012

    Several news stories coincided recently to graphically illustrate the terrible inequalities in our global village.

    In London, and in other rich cities around the world, people queued for days to be the first to buy the new Apple iPhone 5. Not everybody was queuing to buy for themselves. Some people (plebs?) were being paid hundreds of pounds to stand in line for days on behalf of other, presumably richer individuals, who had better things to do with their time.

  • 7 Apr 2012

    At present the symbolism of the Royal Maundy service in York ritualises economic inequality, the subservience of the Church to the Crown, and the sanctification of an unjust order, says Simon Barrow. Maybe a ritual re-ordering of it could help remind Christians, and the Established church, that we are called to oppose injustice and who who "act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus" (Acts 17.7)?

  • 29 Mar 2012

    Economic inequality is growing in the UK. The government is slashing the welfare state, while parts of the media demonise disabled people, benefit recipients and the working class generally. Since the 1990s, churches in the UK have spoken out strongly about global inequality. Are we now prepared to speak up just as strongly about inequality in the UK, and to make the links with the global situation?

  • 7 Feb 2012

    “Even the burial of his body in the Abbey was a species of theft when you come to think of it”. George Orwell's words came into my mind as I watched the ceremonies surrounding today's 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens.

  • 4 Feb 2012

    The president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India says that the widening gap between rich and poor is "a matter of serious concern for the church".

  • 31 Oct 2011

    “It's aw a muddle, lass. Aw a muddle.” This was the dying lament of Stephen Blackpool, the power-loom operator of Hard Times who was driven to physical and emotional ruin by the ruthless economic and industrial system of his day.

  • 3 Sep 2011

    A few weeks ago I had a holiday in India. I used to live there and so I might be one of the few foreigners who actually loves arriving in Delhi, stepping out of the airport into the cruel heat, sooty air and architecture of the perpetually half-built.

  • 3 May 2011

    Members of churches, trade unions and community groups are pledging to live on £1-a-day from 2-6 May to raise funds and in solidarity with the global poor.

  • 7 Jan 2011

    Travelling around as a comparatively prosperous person in a country marked by significant poverty and inequality is not easy - unless you are largely insensitive to these things, which sadly, some Westerners seem to be, just reckoning that "this is simply the way things are" and revelling in how much their overvalued dollar can buy.

  • 11 Oct 2010

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission is today publishing a 700 page report that shows Britain to be a deeply divided country.