Moral Mixdown – As the Archbishop said to the TUC …

This month we present a Moral Mixdown feature, considering matters topical and ethical.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, addressed the TUC Congress in Manchester this month, and has since come under fire for condemning Amazon despite the Church of England investing in the internet giant. Welty was also criticised personally for his own earning power.

In his speech, the Archbishop criticised firms like Amazon for paying ‘almost nothing’ in taxes. He also described the so-called gig economy and zero-hours contracts as ‘the reincarnation of an ancient evil.’

The smallVOICE team pick up the story and consider whether the criticism was justified and ask the wider ethical question: just what might be the maximum amount a person can earn before they are *not* allowed to comment on poverty?

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