The Bishop of Durham has been invited to sit on the parliamentary commission on banking standards. The Rt Rev Justin Welby has been added to the commission as a non-politically aligned member from the House of Lords. The cross-party parliamentary inquiry is to look into the banking sector in the wake of the Libor rate-rigging scandal.

On the one hand the appointment of the future archbishop of Canterbury to this Tory cover up could be seen as just another, cynical move to keep this scandal firmly controlled by the rich and powerful as Justin is definitely from a rich and powerful background. He was a bigwig for an oil company, went to the same school as the prime minister who is refusing to launch a public enquiry into the obscene corruption, both covert (fixing rates and fiddling books) and overt (rewarding bank CEOs who resign because of scandals with 2 million pund pay offs) in the banking industry, and has enjoyed a predictably meteoric rise to the top jobs of the Church of England at a record breaking speed. On the other hand, his experience of life among the rich and powerful and his knowledge of the tricks of the trade will make him an informed member of the panel, much more so than the MPs sitting on it who tend to be jacks of all trades and experts in none. Also, I have noticed that Justin takes every opportunity to speak out for the poor of his diocese. I don't know him well enough to put this down to his reading of the gospels or a guilty conscience. I do know that he will honestly believe it is the former just as he truly believes that all the decisions he makes effecting other peoples' lives are for the best possible reasons and for their own good. I'm the cynic, not him.

In fifty years when this enquiry ends with some bland statement about banks having to behave themselves or, at the very least, not get found out with their hands dirty so often, we will find out if jesus can really change the leopard's spots.


TO THE MANOR BORN — 5 Comments

  1. You seem to have been presently surprised about Justin so let’s hope it’s the former. Meanwhile, I’m sure he’d appreciate any spare prayers we have going…

  2. I think he’s trying. But he allowed his original discernment of me to be influenced by his new colleague in the diocese next door. So what I thought was a brand new beginning just became more of the same. I’ve pretty much given up on the lot of them. I think I’m the injured party but they continue to act as if I am guilty of something and need to prove that I should be a priest and be on probation for goodness knows how long. there was a time that I would have done anything to be a parish priest. But they left it too long, I have become resigned to my situation and even my wife has stopped moaning about it. Of course, they are not going to complain about this. It is what their strategy was always aiming to achieve. They get rid of me and they can blame me for it. A double whammy as far they are concerned and nobody has to worry about the abuse of power, covering up paedophile priests, ignoring human rights legislation concerning those recovering from mental illness and the truth.

  3. Shouldn’t that be “affecting” rather than “effecting other people’s lives”?

  4. It could be either-and since you’re not a nonconformist minister, you’re not subject to the Nonconformist Conscience.
    You know, the ones who brought us “The Guardian” and Mrs. Jellyby and covered piano legs and brought Prohibition to North America and Scandinavia “for the working classes’ own good”.