The Innocence of Youth

It is difficult for me to understand the relentless news coverage of the case of three young women who left their school i Bethnal Green to join the Islamic State in Syria. Of course I can understand the initial media excitement in the story, as a human interest story, but we have now had many days in which the United Kingdom newspapers, radio stations and television programmes have led on various aspects of this story. Continue reading

Poverty is not a Statistic

It is very hard to measure poverty. Poverty is not a statistic. It is a state of being. Figures are misleading but it is clear that some people are poorer than others and some places have many more poor people than others. Continue reading