There has been extensive media coverage of the birth of a daughter to the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge. Yet, from a biblical perspective, a royal baby being born (or a new member of a president’s ‘first family’) is not that uncommon.
People with disabilities or a long-term illness, having borne the brunt of welfare cuts in this Parliament, fear what will happen after the General Election. With the Conservatives promising a further £12 billion cuts without specifying where the axe would fall, they fear the worst.
As polling day draws close I’m reminded of a scene from the American TV show ‘The West Wing’. With the election very tight, the leader of the Democratic Party shakes his head declaring ‘I’ve never seen electoral math like this’. I think we all know how he feels.
It is impossible to be sure who will win the UK general election. Yet it is almost certain that a sizeable majority of voters will back parties which publicly oppose further harsh cuts in public services such as the NHS and social security benefits.
This week UKIP published its Christian manifesto outlining its approach to issues it believes Christians care about. I’ve spent the last few days going through the document to see how it stacks up as a manifesto that Christians could support. Here’s what I found.
The total wealth of Britain’s richest 1000 individuals and families has more than doubled over ten years, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. Meanwhile many ordinary people have been badly affected by low pay and cuts.
It has been reported on the BBC website that Conservative candidates are making claims about falling unemployment in their constituencies using ‘wrong data’. This can be misleading for the electorate, and upsetting for people in those constituencies who are unemployed.