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“Money pads the edges of things” says Helen Schlegel, a character in EM Forster's Howards End. And where there is no padding, those edges can be very sharp indeed.
The Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church in Britain and the United Reformed Church has issued a statement about the Government's new poverty measures and tax avoidance.
This week in Los Cabos in Mexico heads of state from the G20 nations are meeting. Every year this meeting is crucial – it is a focal moment for discussion and action on economic and financial reform and improving the structures that feed into both, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF); and it is a moment when multilateral decisions and progress can be made on issues vital to the wellbeing and flourishing of the poorest, such as food security and development.
“Gross impiety it is that a nation's pride should be maintained in the face of its poor.” William Penn wrote these words in 1669. We have no means of knowing what his voice might have sounded like when he read them aloud, as he undoubtedly would have done, but when I hear them in my mind's ear, they are spoken with firmness and a touch of anger. They are words we do well to heed in our own time.