If there is one person who should know the perils of people in glass-houses throwing stones it is the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. This is not the first time the well-meaning Mr Welby has been caught out. When will he learn I hear you ask?
This time it is the so-called living wage in England and the minimum wage. Neither will make you rich but the first pays better than the latter.
Welby has often called on employers to pay a living wage rather than the minimum wage but imagine his embarrassment when it was discovered that in parts of the Church of England the minimum wage is all staff are paid.
The Archbishop tried a damage limitations exercise on the news but it did not really wash.
He said that some church establishments were independent and charitable trusts which set their own rates of pay and although this was gradually being changed it is a slow process; but Mr Welby that could also be true of some employers taken to task for not paying the living wage.
They too may be struggling to improve the pay of workers on the minimum wage.
There are bound to be some ruthless employers who will always pay the minimum to obtain maximum profits and that could be true we guess in some churches.
In the UK the minimum wage at time of writing is £6.50 per hour which may be less if you are young even though you may already be a parent, family provider of live alone.
The living wage, a wage which many believe is the least working people in the UK should be paid, is £7.85 an hour outside of London where it is £9.15 an hour!
Workers receiving low pay sometimes have their income topped up by government welfare payments but they are being slashed; in reality there are no guarantees.
But why should taxpayers have to fund the top-ups for low paid who work for profit grabbing big companies? Those employers should pay up and pay a decent wage instead of expecting welfare to supplement their employee’s terrible pay.
Archbishop Welby is another old Etonian, in line with David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Chancellor George Gideon Osborne.
However the Archbishop does try in his own way to speak up for those in need it is just a shame he so often gets it wrong.