Category - UK poverty

  • 8 May 2015

    As I write, it is unclear whether the Conservatives will have an overall majority. If not, I suspect they will try to rule as a minority government, although they may try some sort of deal. In the latter case, they could well be defeated in Parliament on at least some issues. In the former, they will still be vulnerable to rebellion from their own fractious backbenchers.

  • 2 Apr 2015

    Leaders’ Debates are always going to be unbearable on some level. The petty attacks, the narrowness of the discussions, the very limited time span, the tendency of some people to think that shouting loudly constitutes debate (meaning Nigel Farage in this case).

  • 17 Feb 2015

    The Church of England's bishops have issued a letter giving advice to Christians about issues to take into account when casting their votes in May.

  • 4 Feb 2015

    A network of voluntary sector workers has produced a blistering critique of charity leaders who go along with privatisation and fail to speak out about austerity.

  • 25 Jan 2015

    What is security?

    If your family is going hungry because your benefits have been cut, security might mean knowing that you have enough to eat. But Prime Minister David Cameron wants to make you secure by renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system at a cost of £100 billion.

  • 23 Jan 2015

    New research reveals "a climate of fear" that prevents charities and other voluntary groups from tackling the root causes of poverty.

  • 18 Jul 2014

    A friend of mine who uses a wheelchair was recently approached by a stranger who crossed over the road to talk to her. Without knowing anything about her, he told her that he supported her right to die with dignity through assisted suicide. She told him that she was more concerned with her right to live than her right to die.

  • 30 Apr 2014

    A society that favours the rich and shuns the poor is far away from biblical visions of equality and justice.

  • 12 Apr 2014

    David Cameron has spoken this week of his Christian faith and has gone on to make claims at Easter about a 'Christian country'. His sincerity has been widely questioned on Twitter, but it's not for me to judge him. God can see into Cameron's heart but I can't. However, the Prime Minister and I have very different understandings of Christianity.

  • 18 Feb 2014

    At the Conservative Party conference in 2011, David Cameron told a lie in his speech. This is not a claim I make lightly.