WARS on terror have not made the world "conspicuously safer",
nor has intensified surveillance, the former Archbishop of
Canterbury Lord Williams told parliamentarians last week.
Delivering the inaugural Christian Aid parliamentary lecture
last Friday, to mark the launch of Christian Aid Week, Lord
Williams, who chairs the charity, suggested that tackling violence
meant addressing "radically unequal" levels of access to power.
This inequality had helped to create "the environment in which,
with nothing to lose, people may risk extreme behaviour and
In a lecture that explored the psychology of violence, Lord
Williams suggested that "if we ignore the role of powerlessness,
the sense of having nothing to lose, in fostering violence, we
shall fail spectacularly to see why our world is racked with such
Men who committed violence against women, for example, were
subject to "fear and confusion" that needed to be addressed. Those
most affected by climate change and tax avoidance felt "ignored",
and bereft of redress.
He praised aid agencies for "trying very hard to listen to the
priorities defined 'on the ground'".
Besides offering a critique of wars on terror, Lord Williams
suggested that it was "ironic that those who most deplore a
'culture of dependence' can so often be found shoulder to shoulder
with those who want nothing to change in the relations of rich and
Judge rules on tax-avoidance scheme. Three
members of the band Take That may have to pay back millions of
pounds in tax, after a tribunal judge ruled that a scheme that they
had invested in had been set up for tax-avoidance purposes, it was
reported on Saturday.
In a statement, HMRC said that it had put in place
"generous reliefs to support genuine business investment, and our
tax reliefs for the creative industries work well. . . But we will
not tolerate abuse of the system by people trying to dodge their