Friday

This is what needs to be said about child abuse – it is what the children’s charities should say but fail to

…having worked in this field for a number of years, I am increasingly sceptical about our willingness to openly address very contentious issues that are highly relevant to the welfare of children. Some big silences remain in the debate about … Continue reading

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Wednesday

East Side Story – visit to a charity (2)

I visited Community Links for a second time last week.  I have lost most of my notes but here is some of what I remember. 1.      Cutbacks to citizens’ advice and legal aid The first thing the policy people at … Continue reading

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Sunday

Charity work in the East End

I visited a charity called Community Links towards the end of last year, to find out what it does. I saw two of its various activities. The first was helping people get back into work. This is done on behalf … Continue reading

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Friday

The Archbishop criticises capitalism

It is a shame and shameful that the Church of England has deviated so far from what it could and should be about. First it should be about the religion itself – about leading a Christian life, behaving well, helping … Continue reading

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Friday

Mapp and Lucia had a local hospital

After writing The Welfare State We’re In, I now notice instances of welfare provision as they appear in novels which previously I would have missed. Recently I listened again to an audio-book of Mapp and Lucia, the comic novel by … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Debate: Does public spending gives us enough bang for our buck?

In the wake of the budget, I will be taking part in a lunchtime debate tomorrow (Thursday) on the subject: “Does public spending gives us enough bang for our buck?”. It will come no surprise to those who have read … Continue reading

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Thursday

For more about charity…

The reference to The Welfare State We’re In in the Wall Street Journal Econoblog yesterday related to the parts of my book concerning charity. Those who are interested to pursue the subject further could look at the references to the … Continue reading

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Friday

David Cameron in favour of charity and quoting Hayek, too!

Below is a section from a David Cameron speech this month. It is clear that he intends to support charity as a part of his approach to welfare. I am a sceptic about Cameron but this, as far as it … Continue reading

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Thursday

A revival of charity should be welcomed with enthusiasm

(Unedited version of article which appeared in the Daily Express last week.) Just when you think that the world is getting into a worse and worse state, something happens to revive your faith. Yesterday it was revealed that a ‘hedge … Continue reading

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Wednesday

David Beckham’s little recognised charitable work

If you Google ‘David Beckham charity’ you discover that his involvement in charities is much larger than most people realise.

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