Relative poverty. "Which countries have been most successful in reducing relative poverty in recent decades?" asks Lane Kenworthy at Consider the Evidence.
Meddlesome priest. In the New Statesman Rowan Williams, The Archbishop of Canterbury speaks out against "quiet resurgence of the seductive language of ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor" and describes the Cameron government’s ‘big society’ rhetoric as "painfully stale".
Williams also took a swipe at Labour writing: "we are still waiting for a full and robust account of what the left would do differently and what a left-inspired version of localism might look like." An editorial in the Guardian praised the Archbishop for raising an important issue.
Not everyone welcomed the Archbishop’s foray into politics. At Catallaxy Judith Sloan dismisses him as a "left-wing tosser" while Mark Ferguson at Labour List asks "do we really want to encourage religious leaders to become (party) politicised?"
UKIP member Adam Collyer thinks there isn’t enough talk about deserving and undeserving. "It is eminently clear, and should be to the Archbishop, that some of the poor are indeed “undeserving” – that they really do not want to work and support themselves."
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer observes that Jesus "preached more about money than he did about eternal salvation" before detouring into a discussion of nuances of Greek vocabulary.