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Nichols’ option for the poor Premium20 February 2014
The Archbishop of Westminster – who becomes a cardinal at a ceremony in Rome today – propelled himself on to centre stage in a national debate about welfare reform this week, causing a political storm and provoking the Prime Minister to respond. Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols had declared, in The Daily Telegraph, that it was a “disgrace” that in a wealthy country poor people were being left with nothing to live on, as a punishment for such misdeeds as failing to fill in a form correctly. He said: “The basic safety net that was there to guarantee that people would not be left in hunger or in destitution has actually been torn apart.”The Government instantly dismissed his remarks as ill-informed, and in a more detailed response four days lat
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