Guido is not one to pontificate, but…
Forgive them, Father…
Guido is not one to pontificate, but…
Forgive them, Father…
“Keep the living wage alive,” argues one of many articles published by the Fabian Society calling for a mandatory Living Wage.
It’s a bit of a theme: “a voluntary expansion of living wage employers” is not enough, they say.
“Time to make living wage a requirement,” insists another piece:
“We need politicians to make the living wage a requirement on public and private employers, not an optional extra. Leaving it up to voluntary schemes will never end the scandal of poverty pay. Government action is urgently needed, and the public support it. What are we waiting for?”
Well, the Fabians’ new Events and Office Assistant, based in London, will be waiting for some time before they are paid the London Living Wage. The advertised salary of £16,653 a year is well below the £18,080 the Living Wage Foundation say workers in the capital need. Seems they had a point when they said “Leaving it up to voluntary schemes will never end the scandal of poverty pay”…
The Fabians aren’t the only ones failing to practise what they preach. The Church of England says that “as well as encouraging other employers to pay the Living Wage, it is important for the Church to lead by example,” warning “it is morally unacceptable” for bosses to exploit low-paid staff.
This divine intervention clearly did not reach the Bishop of St Albans, who is offering a meagre £14,328 per year to be his parliamentary researcher, based in the House of Lords. What is it with these lefties and not putting their money where their mouth is…
And lo, the Lord thy God spoke unto Miliband the Younger, and said: thou must control immigration.
Today’s Observer is not a spoof. It seems Ed has been hanging out with Russell Brand a little too long. Labour really have “commissioned a giant stone inscription bearing Labour’s six election pledges that is set to be installed in the Downing Street Rose Garden if he becomes prime minister.”
“The 8ft 6in-high limestone structure is intended to underline his commitment to keep his promises by having them literally “carved in stone” and visible from the offices inside No 10.”
They might as well write it on the barn wall…
The Church of England is jumping on the divestment bandwagon by announcing they will slash investments in fossil fuel companies. By leveraging their £9 billion pension pot investments, the Church hopes they can protect the the world’s poor from global warming.
According to Bishop Nick Holtam, the ‘lead bishop on the environment,’ “Climate change is the most pressing moral issue in our world.”
The most pressing? How about the 4 MILLION deaths from smoke inhalation by people who don’t have access to the coal generated electricity the Bishops are heating their palaces with?
“Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” Luke 12:48b
Do not fear after reading that ICM poll, Ukippers, for Nigel Farage has God on his side:
Or to be specific, he has the blessing of the Royal Disciple church in Pakistan, who have proclaimed “our prayers is with you to all members of UKIP [sic]” in a poster stuck up behind their cross:
Pastor Francis Bashir explains that his congregation “likes UKIP and are praying for your family, your country and your party”. Apparently he “wants them to win because the party stands up for Christian culture and values and people from the Commonwealth”.
The Lahore churchgoers add, quoth Jeremiah 1:10, “I give you authority over nations and kingdoms to uproot and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow”. Or, you know, just win South Thanet…
There’s a punchy interview with the departed head of the civil service Gus O’Donnell on the front page of the Indy. The former Cabinet Office bigwig has settled a few old scores with ‘out of touch’ ministers:
“There are still a few out there [who say:] ‘We send our kids to public schools, we have private health care, we travel by car or chauffeur, we don’t go on public transport… There are unfortunately too many people in politics who just don’t get it; who just don’t understand what life on benefits would be like… we need to really care about public services”.
While Guido likes GOD’s idea for primaries, it would be remiss for him not to point out that Gus sent his own daughter Kirsty to Alleyn’s, the private school in Dulwich. He also enjoyed the spoils of the Government Car Pool chauffeur service when in office, and was on a higher salary (and pension) than the PM. Just sayin’…
Ed Thornton is the Senior Press Officer to the Archbishop of Canterbury. And guess what? He’s Labour.
Before he stepped up to his important role spinning for God, Thornton worked at the Fabians.
The Church of England: the Labour Party at prayer.
The turbulent priest Justin ‘Oil’ Welby is being supported in his jihad against Cameron by a Miliband plant. As a member of the House of Lords, disgracefully, Welby is afforded a parliamentary aide and despite the bossy Bishop’s insistence that the church is politically neutral, Jack Palmer is a Labour Party member.[…]
Tristram Hunt is under heavy fire this morning over his inflammatory comments sneering at nuns on Question Time. Cristina Odone, to whom the Shadow Education Secretary scoffed “I know about your religious schooling”, hits back:
“Tristram Hunt’s comments on nuns last night were arrogant and ignorant.
And lo, it was Eastertide, and David spake unto the Church Times that Britain was indeed a Christian country. And it came to pass that godless pinkos wrote unto the Telegraph that David had sinned, for he had offended them. Despite 59% of Britons describing themselves as Christians in the most recent census, Britain having an established church and the Head of State being nominally still the Defender of the Anglican Faith.[…]
Today is Holy Thursday, when the Queen traditionally offers alms known as Maundy money to deserving senior citizens. Scholars say “Maundy” comes from Jesus; “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos”, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you”.[…]