Rev Giles Fraser came to public attention during the Occupy camp outside St Pauls. As a canon there, he sided with the protestors and shone a light on the compromised position of the church. He resigned rather than support the forced removal of the protestors.
This week I caught him on the radio as I was giving little Zach his breakfast, doing the Thought for the Day.
“One of the problems the whole idea of sustainability will always come up against is the shared assumption of a great many political parties, that economic growth is always and everywhere an unqualified good thing.
Of course I understand the argument that, in periods of economic decline, stimulus and growth may be necessary. You cannot make a thin man fatter by putting him on a diet. But, to continue the metaphor, neither is it healthy to think in terms of continual weight-gain. This is why New York has recently banned the sale of super-size fizzy drinks. Bigger is not always better.
And so it is with the economy. Growth has become an addiction. The fact that Europeans have borrowed billions and billions of euros in order to finance this addiction is one of the things that’s behind the current financial crisis.
The Christian side of all this has to do with a respect for limits and the idea that there is such a thing as having enough.”
Good words. You can hear the whole clip on the BBC site.