Monday, 8 November 2010

Archdruid of Canterbury fears work

The Archdruid of Canterbury has his roots in that part of the Church of England that believes that work is a curse to man, a punishment. Hell to these people is a place where one is given work to do. He would rather whistle away his week in perfect idleness, bestirring his bones only on a Sunday to sacrifice an altar boy to Gaiea. This is all the explanation one needs to understand his view that Cameron's workfare offer is a punishment for the guilty rather than help for the helpless. 

For those trapped in the dreadful slavery of welfare dependence the first thing to be lost is self respect; alienated from the dignity and belonging of labour, personal standards slide, pushing these people ever downwards on a spiral of unemployability. Anything that intervenes in this process, that gets them up in the morning, gets them to bathe and don clean underwear, gets them to enjoy a pre-work cuppa and banter with other workers, is worth a lakh of rubies. 

I've seen and heard it dozens of times from the US, where Clinton's workfare programme restored that lost dignity and belonging to millions; the gratitude of a person whose potential has been restored, who has been helped recover their humanity and self-respect. Would Archdruid Williams deprive his fellow men of these simple human dignities? Would he condemn them to squalor, idleness and self-loathing for ever? I suggest Williams might be best served by reading a copy of the Gospels rather than Socialist Worker.  


Savonarola said...

What do they of gospel lessons know that only gospels know.

This faux concern for the rights of the unemployed to remain so, is an evil consequence of the influence of these misguided do gooders. They just don't get it.

Span Ows said...

Exactly (good post and good comment)

The only good thing is his consistency: he always manages to get it wrong.

Edward Spalton said...

The plain teaching of the Church from its earliest days is clean contrary to that of the Archbishop. Early Christian communities often "held all things in common" being, in effect, mini welfare states. They quickly attracted freeloaders and St Paul had a very short way with them

"He that will not work, neither shall he eat" II Thessalonians 3.10

Possibly His Grace is more at home with socialism than Christianity. So he could refer to the Soviet constitution of 1936 " is a duty and matter of honour for every able bodied citizen in accordance with the principle "He who does not work shall not eat".

Either way, he's completely wrong on this.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it telling that he sees the prospect of four weeks of work will lead to a "Spiralling of despair" - what 4 weeks of getting up in the morning and not watching Jeremy Kyle is too much?

Anonymous said...

I find this all very strange, R., in view of your earlier posts in praise of Benedict XVI.

It seems that a former Nazi who colludes with paedophiles to hide evidence of the rape of children and actively protects the rapists of children (up to the point where he destroys evidence of the crimes) bothers you a whole lot less than a liberal Anglican spouting the same pro-welfare talking points we've been hearing for a couple of generations.

And, for the record, whatever their sins, it isn't the Anglicans - or any Protestant denomination, come to think on it - who pose a physical danger to altar boys.

Edward Spalton said...

O come off it! I am no fan of the Vatican. As a youngster, Ratzinger was conscripted into the Hitler Youth (which had some of the functions of our Army Cadet Corps) and then (around age 15 or 16 I think) into an auxiliary anti aircraft unit. That does not make him a former Nazi.

There are many cases of child molestation in protestant churches, institutions and the like but they tend to get reported separately rather than as part of one larger narrative. So I don't think any church is immune from such goings on. I don't think the stories of alleged cover-ups by Ratzinger/Benedict really stand up to fair scrutiny. A traditionalist RC friend, who has been fighting the institutionalised corruption within the Church for years, thinks he has made a start but he is not a tough enough character to take on the "Liberal" establishment which admitted such atrocities as the Belgian "kiddieporn" catechism into the Church.

Ratzinger/Benedict is a man I have kept a bit of an eye on for years because of his deep involvement with the Pan Europa movement,

Rossa said...

While I agree on your comments about the ArchBish, there is one thing that most people have missed in this workfare programme.

JSA for a single person is around £65 a week. The plan by the DWP is to get these people to work for 40 hours for £40. There will be no JSA for the 4 weeks of work. So someone already trying to live on a limited income will have about 40% taken away. A £100 in 4 weeks can make the difference between eating and starving.

And who is going to pay for these people to travel to work or have they to cover the costs themselves? And what about the high vis gear or footwear for doing the job? And for the gardening jobs who supplies all the tools?

The local Council's Health and Safety teams will have a field day with this.

By all means get people back into work but to make it work some sense needs to come into the equation.

Span Ows said...

Rossa, is it for all those on JSA? Or thos ethat have just gone on it? Or those that have tried/done some jobs.