Amid the welter of statistics and analysis which is pouring forth around Chancellor George Osborne's emergency budget, those who care for social justice should not let their eyes stray from the sleights of hand that rest at its core.
In the run-up to the government's 'emergency budget', the overwhelming political consensus, parroted each day by the BBC’s economic correspondents, is that ’balancing the budget’ and ’slashing the deficit’ is now a national priority.
Opinion is divided about how far the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has gone in its proposals for how to make the banks pay for the crisis, says Owen Tudor. For some, it has taken some unexpectedly radical steps forward, but for others it has not yet produced an adequate solution.
In his New Year Message, the Archbishop of Canterbury has urged reconsideration of the importance placed on material wealth, stressing the need to 'turn outwards' and appreciate the treasure of our fellow human beings instead.