New Arch­bishop is guest ed­i­tor

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JUSTIN WELBY was guest ed­i­tor of the North­ern Echo on 13 Jan­uary, a job he first un­der­took a year ago at the launch of the Dar­ling­ton Foun­da­tion for Jobs (DFFJ). He was in­vited back to cel­e­brate the Foun­da­tion’s first an­niver­sary.

In his leader col­umn for the news­pa­per, the Bishop at­tacked the fact that the North East re­ceived the small­est share of the £215 mil­lion the Government is al­lo­cat­ing to con­struc­tion funds. “This is just an­other ex­am­ple of out of sight, out of mind which seems to af­flict such pro­grammes when look­ing at this area,” he wrote.

In the ed­i­to­rial he also spoke of the hu­man cost of un­em­ploy­ment. “The loss of a di­vi­sion is a statis­tic, the death of an in­di­vid­ual is a tragedy,” he wrote. “We could say the same to­day about un­em­ploy­ment. It is some­thing which, ex­cept for the bravest and the tough­est, wears peo­ple down and through it our econ­omy tells its vic­tims they are worth noth­ing.

“As a Chris­tian, I start with the prin­ci­ple that ev­ery hu­man be­ing, be­cause they are made and loved by God, is of in­fi­nite value.”

He held up the Foun­da­tion for Jobs as a model for the whole coun­try. “It treats peo­ple nei­ther as mere re­sources nor as work shy, but as full of po­ten­tial and able to change.”

He called for the English Bac­calau­re­ate not to lose sight of the im­por­tance of tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

“I will miss this re­gion ter­ri­bly, am grate­ful to it, and will go on push­ing for it,” he promised. “Thank you for all you have given me.”

As well as writ­ing edi­to­ri­als, the Bishop also helped shape the news agenda of one of the re­gion’s lead­ing news­pa­pers on the day he edited it. He also took time to visit a lo­cal en­gi­neer­ing firm in Dar­ling­ton and met ap­pren­tices who had been taken on with help from the Foun­da­tion for Jobs.

As well as edit­ing his lo­cal daily, Bishop Welby has also writ­ten an ar­ti­cle for Bloomberg, ar­gu­ing that the fi­nan­cial ser­vices have failed to con­trib­ute to what in Catholic so­cial teach­ing is known as ‘the com­mon good’.

‘Much of the fi­nan­cial-ser­vice in­dustr y be­came es­sen­tially self-re­gard­ing and one re­sult was that small and medium-sized busi­nesses as well as poor ar­eas were ne­glected’, he writes be­fore giv­ing an ex­am­ple from his dio­cese.

He ar­gues that there are no sim­ple so­lu­tions but makes a case for reg­u­la­tions that are not too com­plex and for the sep­a­ra­tion of high street bank­ing from in­vest­ment bank­ing.

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