Bishops urge action over welfare reforms

The Oxford Times: The Rt Rev John Pritchard The Rt Rev John Pritchard

THE Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev John Pritchard, is one of 27 bishops who have signed an open letter condemning the Government’s “punitive” welfare reforms which they say have forced people into food and fuel poverty.

In an open letter to mark the beginning of Lent on March 5, the bishops said that too many people were having to choose between “heat or eat” over “cutbacks and failures in the benefit system”.

They said that politicians have a “moral imperative” to do more to control food price hikes and to make sure the welfare system offered the poor an essential safety net from hunger.

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9:54am Fri 21 Feb 14

Jameslouis says...

I think it is disgraceful that the government, Politicians, Lords and Peers, and councilors in my opinion steal over 2.5 billion a year in illegal personal allowances from the tax payer, then have the audacity to tell the people on benefits not to take or rely on benefits from the tax payer, that cannot be the type of people we want running the country.
I think it is disgraceful that the government, Politicians, Lords and Peers, and councilors in my opinion steal over 2.5 billion a year in illegal personal allowances from the tax payer, then have the audacity to tell the people on benefits not to take or rely on benefits from the tax payer, that cannot be the type of people we want running the country. Jameslouis
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4:10pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Jameslouis wrote:
I think it is disgraceful that the government, Politicians, Lords and Peers, and councilors in my opinion steal over 2.5 billion a year in illegal personal allowances from the tax payer, then have the audacity to tell the people on benefits not to take or rely on benefits from the tax payer, that cannot be the type of people we want running the country.
Well you're right. The Big state we have is a total disaster but I struggle to understand why you feel that the able-bodied indigent should be entitled to dip into your rations any more than the Eurocrat. The Bishop might pause to reflect 2 things. The doctrine he's expounding has already been tried and it failed as anyone brought up on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall could politely tell him. And the last time Bishops ruled the place, if my O-Level History memory serves, about 600 years ago...well put it this way, I'd sooner put my head in a used sick bag, or even vote for Millipede, than have Bishops back running this country. A little humility Your Grace?
[quote][p][bold]Jameslouis[/bold] wrote: I think it is disgraceful that the government, Politicians, Lords and Peers, and councilors in my opinion steal over 2.5 billion a year in illegal personal allowances from the tax payer, then have the audacity to tell the people on benefits not to take or rely on benefits from the tax payer, that cannot be the type of people we want running the country.[/p][/quote]Well you're right. The Big state we have is a total disaster but I struggle to understand why you feel that the able-bodied indigent should be entitled to dip into your rations any more than the Eurocrat. The Bishop might pause to reflect 2 things. The doctrine he's expounding has already been tried and it failed as anyone brought up on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall could politely tell him. And the last time Bishops ruled the place, if my O-Level History memory serves, about 600 years ago...well put it this way, I'd sooner put my head in a used sick bag, or even vote for Millipede, than have Bishops back running this country. A little humility Your Grace? Lord Palmerstone
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