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Manchester reflections

Love is stronger than hate. How to make sense of the tragic suicide bombing of a teenage pop concert in the Manchester Arena, by a young person himself born and brought up in Manchester? Advertisements

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Hiding in plain view

Church Action on Poverty New Year message 2017 Poverty is many things. Poverty is hiding in plain view. Poverty is people. Not.. ‘them’. Us. Just a few lines from one of the poems written by a group of people with … Continue reading

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No Jam or Justice in the autumn statement

The incomes of the poorest are hardest hit – by far – whilst the wealthy escape scot free.  This week’s autumn statement announced further years of pain ahead, as the economy adjusts to the likely impact of Brexit.  An economic … Continue reading

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An ecumenical vision for Europe?

What has Europe ever done for us? This may seem like a bit of an abstract question, but is probably the most important one we will all be asked to answer this year, in the forthcoming European Union Referendum. Is … Continue reading

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Good news for the rich?

A Lenten reflection…. We know (or think we know) what Good News for the Poor looks like. But is there an equivalent Good News for the Rich? We know the Bible is pretty unequivocal in its condemnation of poverty, but … Continue reading

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What the DWP didn’t want you to know…

Originally posted on A Fair Say:
Church Action on Poverty uncovers new Government research which reveals millions of pensioners and working age families losing out as more than £10 billion in benefits go unclaimed. The Department for Work and Pensions…

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Who pays the price?

What would an economy truly built on solidarity look like? What do low paid workers in Britain and Greece have in common? On the surface, not a great deal. Whatever our thoughts as on-lookers to the latest episode of the … Continue reading

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Manchester deserves real democracy

Originally posted on ianchisnall:
The decision by the combined Councils in Greater Manchester to choose who the interim Mayor for the region should be to cover the period until a public election can take place in 2017 shows how little…

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Another world is possible…

Hope and optimism in spite of present difficulties… A week on from the General Election and we’re all still adjusting to the new and unexpected reality of a majority Conservative Government. What are our sources of hope and optimism, and … Continue reading

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Dogs that don’t bark in the night, middle class welfare and other Election heresies…

I am always interested in the issues that don’t appear in Election debates, and the questions which politicians chose not to ask. Take, for example, the issue of middle class welfare… As I write this the outcome of the General … Continue reading

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