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.