Food banks in a developed country by Angela Caldin

There’s a scene in Ken Loach’s brilliant film ‘I Daniel Blake’ when the two lead characters visit a food bank. The young single mother is so desperately hungry that she rips the lid off a tin of tomatoes and scoops out a handful to eat with her bare hand. That image was so shocking to me that it became etched on my mind. I had no idea that there was such frantic hunger in our first world country. Trussell Trust food banks Now I know better because I’ve seen at first hand… Read More

Muslims in New Zealand by Susan Grimsdell

Muslims have been getting a bad rap lately, fanned by the illustrious President of the USA. Concerned citizens with generous hearts speak up against this negativity and are distressed to hear criticism of the refugee influx into Western countries of people from Syria and other Muslim countries.  Their argument centres on the fact that these people are not terrorists, not dangerous, just ordinary people wanting a better life for their families. Inequality on show I too don’t consider Muslim people to be terrorists in the sense that they do not wish to… Read More

They shall inherit by Trevor Plumbly

The silly season The English get into trouble when they take things seriously, but happily, a sense of the ridiculous helps them cope. Elections are a serious business to the Brits so they lighten things up with odd characters like Lord Buckethead who received 239 votes at the last election when he stood against Theresa May in Maidenhead; he hailed that as a triumph, so like they say, ‘it’s not the winning……’ God only knows what motivates the man; maybe he just wants to illustrate what a pantomime the whole system has… Read More

Fairness by Susan Grimsdell

Dear Readers This week it’s our pleasure to introduce a new blogger to our team who has submitted her debut piece on the fascinating subject of fairness. Here are her thoughts and we hope you enjoy reading them: “It’s not fair” – the clarion call of childhood. From a very early age, humans of all cultures seem to have an inbuilt sense of what’s fair and what’s not. This might seem puzzling from an evolutionary point of view, which you’d assume would lead us to act in our own self-interest, but in most… Read More

Divided we fall by Trevor Plumbly

He ain’t heavy Outside of terrorism, race is about the scariest topic down here. Everybody, it seems, has an axe to grind from the disgruntled to the fearful; few of whom add much to national unity. Colonialism has got a lot to answer for: South Africa, Canada, Australia and New Zealand carry a huge burden of guilt when it comes to native rights, as they should, but surely today’s children are entitled to question why they should be saddled with paying the cost of ancient wrongdoing? Here in New Zealand, it’s a… Read More