Civil Society, Politics

I doubt many VCSE organisations want a hard Brexit

So it looks like a hard Brexit is still the government’s goal, or failing that, no deal at all. Come what may, it seems their desire to stop British and European citizens moving freely across EU borders trumps everything else. Never mind that the 23 June referendum result was extremely close; never mind that for… Continue reading I doubt many VCSE organisations want a hard Brexit

Civil Society, Politics

Civil society needs to speak up and be heard

The expectation of change I had in the first few days following the election result, sadly, is now subsiding. A Conservative government will likely continue, with Theresa May seeking the votes she needs from the DUP to stay as prime minister. My own disappointment is I am sure, widely shared by the community and voluntary… Continue reading Civil society needs to speak up and be heard

Politics, Social Media

We should all become political; and social media must be our platform

The general election campaign opened with Theresa May heading for a greatly increased majority in the Commons. Two weeks in, and nothing much has changed. So unless the unexpected happens, we must prepare for five more Tory years. For civil society, the prospect of continued austerity, and a hard Brexit, is unlikely to receive a… Continue reading We should all become political; and social media must be our platform

Politics

“Decidedly lacking” – 2017 Spring Budget Reaction

It was a decidedly lacking budget, merely delivering more of the same; and doing nothing to tackle the social and environmental issues of our time.  While the extra funding for social care was welcome, there was plenty not to like. The lack of any reference to the shared society was a particular theme running through a… Continue reading “Decidedly lacking” – 2017 Spring Budget Reaction