When I see an archbishop or bishop on the TV I quickly reach for my wallet, because more often or not, they are spinning some line or other that usually involves ordinary citizens handing over (even) more money and/or privileges to them.
So, it’s no surprise to see the Church of England – yes that is the same Church who hold a staggering £5 billion in assets and who are a huge investor in the stock market - is campaigning for working people, the plumbers, the cleaners, office workers and anyone else who pays tax, no matter if they are believers or not – to pay for ALL repairs and upkeep of C of E buildings. They have set up a petition on the Prime Minister’s web site to that effect.
I like how this blog lets the cat out of the bag – it’s not that they haven’t got the money, just they want to spend it on finding converts ("better spent on misson") rather than the dull business of looking after their own premises – why do that when they can mug taxpayers to do if for them instead?
This comes in the same week as the unfortunate Wallbank family being targeted by another greedy church who used ancient, and recently dormant, land laws to fleece them for a gob smacking £200,000 to pay for church building repairs.
I rather hope the over-pampered bishops are told to frock off on this one, but you can never be entirely confident.
Or, how about this for a solution, why doesn’t everyone who ticks the “Christian” box on the Census pay the extra tax burden to subsidise the C of E leaving the rest of us to only pay taxes on the stuff that really matters – I wonder what that might do to the next census results?!