"It is inequality that raises the levels of anger, resentment and bitterness."
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby gives his verdict on the aftermath of the EU referendum:
Over the last few weeks we’ve seen an outpouring of poison and hatred in Britain. All of us need to challenge the attacks, the xenophobia and the racism that some have justified with the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
St Paul in his letter to the Galatians says to them, “Love one another, cease to tear at one another, lest at the end you consume one another.” We’re in danger of that in the way that our politics is developing at the moment.
We need a deep renewal of our values in this country. We need a renewal of a commitment to the common good. We need a renewal of solidarity and generosity.
To create this new vision for Britain, the biggest thing we need to tackle is inequality. Inequality reduces the levels of tolerance in our society. It raises the levels of anger and bitterness.
We’ve done it before. This is not new. In the 19th century we tackled inequality. In the great governments following the Second World War we tackled the inequality that had been so ruinous to our society in the 1930s.
As the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land, God said to Moses: “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
We live in a society deeply embedded in that sense of destiny and hope. We can catch hold of that hope and be that agile, flourishing and entrepreneurial society that will benefi"It is inequality that raises the levels of anger, resentment and bitterness."