Domestic Policy

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Domestic policy

‘The mountains will bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of

righteousness. [The king] will defend the afflicted among the people and save

the children of the needy; he will crush the oppressor. … prosperity will abound

… He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.’

Psalm 72:3,4,7,13

Has the king described above been reigning for the last seven years? If not, who has?

The NHS and social care, education, housing and homelessness, employment, trade union legislation, train journey pricing; wherever you turn, it seems there is little empathy or compassion. Even people with jobs can’t make ends meet and have to resort to food banks.

Thousands of people have had their lives made a misery or even cut short by policies that most affect those who are sick, disabled or without work. Women in their 50s are threatened by pension inequality (see WASPI website).

In the light of all these cuts, it’s significant that the biblical king’s generous policies do not bring economic ruin; quite the opposite.

What do you think about the phrase ‘crush the oppressor’? Why do you think the Psalmist used such strong language? Who should we expect to deal with the oppressor?

IN PRAYER. If time, read the whole of Psalm 72. Pray for John McDonnell and for the economic policies and costings that underpin the improvements laid out in Labour's manifesto. Ask that voters will be able to trust Labour with the economy.

Thank God for Cathy, who told Theresa May to her face that Personal Independence Payments are not enough to live on. Pray for more ‘Cathy’s’ - or their advocates - in the short time left and justice for the sick, disabled, unemployed and poorly paid. Pray about social care for older people.

Pray that the number of people intending to vote Labour will reach a critical mass (if this has not happened already). If this happens, perhaps even more will be encouraged to put their cross by a Labour candidate.

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