ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY OUTRAGED AT WELFARE CUTS – The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, waded in on the Government over its plans to cap welfare increases to 1% for the next 3 years.
Iain Duncan Smith pointed out that this would give more people on welfare the incentive to seek employment and change the culture of living off benefits. As Iain Duncan Smith pointed out to the church leaders the welfare culture must change and there is nothing moral regarding the opposition in reforming the welfare system.
We are all aware that welfare is traditionally increased each year in line with inflation; which is a lot more than can be said for past salary increases that our Armed Forces have received. It appears to the most of the public that the government ethos, in recent times, has taken the stance that the lazier you are the more you will get and yet for those who put their lives on the line to protect our liberty and freedom it seems morally justified to be awarded pay rises below the rate of inflation.
It was only last week that Iain Duncan Smith held a private meeting with the new Archbishop who, according to Smith expressed no comment or concerns regarding the benefits cap.
Move forward just one week and the government are being dragged into a ‘moral’ row with the church over such a move.
Can anyone tell me why the church should have a say? Who elected the Archbishop into Government and in fact Justin Welby’s moral stance on welfare might have been better exercised when he worked for the Elf Oil Company.
Mr Welby of course has a right to express his opinion, as we all do, however his opinions on how the Government is run should not be in the capacity of Archbishop and in fact the Church really ought to keep its snout out of the trough – the church is there for spiritual guidance of the people and should not be allow to meddle in the affairs of government.
The church wields far too much power and yet is the most murderous and corruption organization on the planet, which has been embroiled in controversy with the Pope resigning over the ‘filth’ that is running the church. Mr Welby needs to consider his own past carefully before leveling judgement on others and maybe he ought to do more to clean his own house before trying to tackle the so-called ‘moral’ obligations of the government.
What the UK needs right now is to save money. We’ve already lost our coveted AAA Credit Rating and therefore the government needs to cut public spending, especially in areas where the system is highly abuses and there is none so more abused than the welfare system.
According to reports, this move of a 1% cap could save £2 billion a year, of which could be put to better use in education and healthcare.
“People, who are paying taxes, working very hard, have hardly seen any increases in their salary and yet, under the last government, the welfare bill rose by some 60 per cent to £200 billion.” Iain Duncan Smith
The government has received a signed letter, by 43 bishops which was also endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York, stating that any capping of benefit increases would have a deeply adverse effect on those on welfare and none so more than those with children.
While most of us fully understand that there are families that need help we also understand that most are capable of working however choose not to. When you look at someone like Heather Frost, with her 11 children and a horse, is it any wonder why the British public are so fed up with paying into a system that appears to do nothing more than support the lazy?
What has the church become? A voice for the people? If that is the case who elected the likes of Justin Welby to speak on our behalf? The truth is the church is and always will be nothing more than an organization of pedophiles, deviants, murderers and thieves and one only has to look at how the Catholic Church has conducted its affairs over the centuries to realize that the world would be far better off without such an organization.
I have this message for the Archbishop of Canterbury and his Church… Justin, with your own past in question, during your years in services of the Oil companies and the fact that the Church is embroiled in all manner of ‘filth’ as the Pope put it, should you not concentrate your efforts to clean you own house instead of interfering in Government matters that should not have anything to do with the Church. While I appreciate you are also a private citizen and therefore have a right to voice your concerns, this should be done without the support of the church. The average member of the public does not get a private audience with Iain Duncan Smith and neither should you.
Yes, you may be thinking that I am a little naïve, when in fact the Archbishop sits within the House of Lords and therefore does have a say on government affairs, but if you read what I wrote it clearly points to the fact that I feel that he shouldn’t. For too long the Church has interfered in matters of state and yet their own seedy past and present dealings appear to slide always from their facade as if it was Teflon coated.
In a comment made in the House of Lords;
“Politicians have a clear choice. By protecting children from the effects of this Bill, they can help fulfil their commitment to end child poverty.” Archbishop of Canterbury
In response to the above comment… The Church should take this attitude on other Catholic countries where poverty is rife, such as the Philippines, where children are born in to poverty every day, due to the Church’s stance on contraception and abortion.
Regardless of my comments here, and how I clearly feel about the Church and its leaders, any reforms to the welfare system are going to be met with a fair amount of opposition, and this is generally from those who are completely out of touch with reality.