As my regular reader will know, there’s a few things on my ‘piss boiling’ list and up there with them are religion and hypocrisy, so when we get a case of religious hypocrisy then the steam will definitely start to come out of my ears!
Last week, I wrote about the bishops of the Church of England preaching to the government about, amongst other things, paying a proper living wage to the poor downtrodden workers. Imagine my delight then when I found out that this was a clear case of “don’t do what I do, do what I tell you”.
The Sun newspaper published a list of jobs advertised by some Church institutions with a salary below the rate currently set at £7.85 an hour, or £9.15 in London. It included the Archbishop’s own cathedral in Canterbury which this week advertised for two kiosk assistants to be paid £6.70 an hour. Yes, that was Welby’s very own Cathedral so I was surprised at his reaction.
Welby said “I will say we are a complex institution and every parish church and cathedral is an independent charity, as is every diocese. We don’t have a centralised method of control. I’m not very keen on centralised control where, from far away, you tell people what to do.”
Well, Justin old son, your own Cathedral is hardly ‘far away’ as you describe it and if you’re not keen on central control and telling people what to do then why are you doing precisely that in your pathetic 52 page missive?
He went on “You’ll see the accusations of hypocrisy, but make up your own mind as to what it is.”
Well I have – and it’s definitely hypocrisy…