From CHRISTIAN TODAY:
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.