Dude, where have you been all my life!? Â Don’t you know that the few who are rich are already paying more than 80 % of all taxes? What have you ever done to earn a living?
Sharia & Redistribution high on the agenda of the Archdhimmi
Bankers, politicians and newspaper editors should be legally required to spend a couple of hours a year working with the poor and needy to remind themselves of the purpose of power and wealth, the Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested.
He made the comments on Maundy Thursday, the Christian day celebrating Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, and the day the British monarch offers “alms”, in the form of coins, to elderly people.
In a contribution to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day,Â Rowan Williamssaid: “What about having a new law that made all cabinet members and leaders of political parties, editors of national papers and the hundred most successful financiers in the UK spend a couple of hours every year serving dinners in a primary school on a council estate? Or cleaning bathrooms in a residential home? Walking around the streets … at night as a pastor, ready to pick up and absorb something of the chaos and human mess you’ll find?”
There was no doubt some public figures were charitable and humble in private, the archbishop said, but doing such deeds in public could have a greater impact. “Maybe having to do it, to do it in public and not to be able to make any sort of capital out of it because they had no choice? It might do two things: remind our leaders of what the needs really are at grassroots level, so that those needs can never again be just remote statistics; and remind the rest of us what politics and government are really for.”
The British Bankers Association, which represents more than 200 banks, declined to comment on the archbishop’s suggestion, as did the Corporation of London.
At a Maundy Thursday service at Westminster Abbey the Queen distributed specially minted coins presented in red and white purses.
Williams said more widespread practice of that custom would remind the people of the purpose of their wealth. “Power exists, in the church or the state or anywhere else, so that ordinary people may be treasured and looked after, especially those who don’t have the resources to look after themselves.
“It’s worth remembering this startling idea that the goal of the supreme power in the universe is that we should be nurtured, respected and loved. What does that say â€“ to monarchs, politicians, tycoons and, yes, archbishops too â€“ about how we understand and use the power we have?”
The minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, agreed with him: “I absolutely agree that people in positions of power and privilege should lead by example and give some of their time to help their community. The government will expand on this idea in the “giving” white paper. However, there are no plans to legislate. Volunteering is more powerful for being a matter of personal choice â€“ it’s about social expectation not legal obligation.”
Williams also this week recorded a royal wedding message on the Lambeth Palace YouTube channel, wishing Prince William and Kate Middleton “the courage and the clarity” to live out their marriage “in the full glare of the public eye”.
“William and Catherine are making this commitment very much in the public eye and they’re sensible, realistic young people. They know what the cost of that might be. They’ve thought that through. And because of that they will need the support, the solidarity and the prayers of all those who are watching today.”
“I want to wish William and Catherine every richest blessing in their life together. But I want to wish them especially the courage and clarity they’ll need to live out this big commitment in the full glare â€“ to live it out for the rest of us.”
The archbishop, who will officiate at the wedding, said it had been a “real pleasure” getting to know the couple, describing them as “deeply unpretentious people”.