Tag Archives: Archbishop Rowan Williams

Where do you get your scary ideas?

The Centre for Social Justice is where Iain Duncan Smith gets his scary ideas about welfare reform. IDS created CSJ in 2004, after he was sacked from leading the Tory party because he paid his wife £18,000 out of Parliamentary Staffing Allowance.

Of course the big question to be asked of every think-tank is: who’s paying you to generate these reports and ideas? Often, we just don’t know. The Centre for Social Justice gets a transparency rating of “D” at Who Funds You?, the Political Innovation project for promoting open, transparent think-tanks.

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The Home Office’s civil marriage consultation

With much trumpeting of archbishops and baying of Cardinals, crying the usual nonsense about how this will DESTROY US ALL, the Westminister government have launched their own consultation on lifting the ban on same-sex marriage. This closes on 14 June 2012.

Dr Williams is resigning at the end of 2012, but his probable successor the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, is no happier about the idea that same-sex couples could get married.

Rowan Williams and John Sentamu at the General Synod

(The first consultation in the UK on equal marriage closed in December 2011, and the report will be published within the next couple of months.)

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