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‘Downward Spiral is hurting our country’

Archbishops attack economic inequality in new book

REGIONS of the UK are trapped in an “inescapable economic downward spiral”, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who worked in the oil industry for 11 years before becoming ordained, in a scathing attack on inequality


STARK WARNING: The Archbishops of Canterbury (left) and York (right) have written against inequality and its pernicious effects in the UK

Writing in a book of essays — On Rock Or Sand? – published alongside the Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend Dr John Sentamu, the Most Reverend Justin Welby said the UK was being divided into the affluent and growing London and the South East, and the rest of the UK’s cities. He went on to argue that Government spending cuts have only widened the gap. His essay said:

“The hard truth is that many of these cities are in appear to be lose-lose situations. Already in decline, the road towards recovery and growth is made even more difficult. There are now fewer readily available government resources able to support economic development in these regions; and also, since the 1980s, the banking system has become more and more London-concentrated and consequently out of touch with local needs.”

The book pays homage to a report published by the Church of England 30 years ago, Faith In The City. Its apparent support of wealth redistribution saw it denounced by Conservative politicians as “pure Marxist theology”. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the Archbishop of York admitted that this book was also coming from an “extremely left wing” position, and even quotes the Karl Marx slogan “From each according to his ability to each according to his need.”

“If it is the survival of the fittest, that’s what I call living in the jungle and I don’t want to live in the jungle. This is supposed to be a civiised society It is nothing to do with being socialist or whatever.


“What it has got to do with is, is this how God created us? Has he created us to be people who go to Black Friday to fight with each other because they want the biggest bargain? No, that’s the rule of the jungle, we left that behind.”

As well as contributions from the archbishops, the book also contains contributions from fmancial advisers and ministers. The book is available from SPCK Publishing, £9.99. Visit spck publishing.co.uk to order a copy.

Herne Bay Times, January 21st 2015