Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Canterbury, has made a powerful defence of Britain’s aid budget, which he describes as a â€œbadge of honorâ€, in a rare intervention during an election campaign.
As chairman of Christian Aid, Williams has released a statement on Friday, amid speculation that the Conservatives you delete a commitment, enshrined in law, to spend 0.7% of Britain’s gross national income to aid, the party’s election manifesto.
British voters face a choice between â€œlittle Britain global Britainâ€, the former archbishop has said.
â€œThe great britain of the political and social landscape is moving, and we are facing major choices of the soul and the future of our nation. You can choose to turn inward and struggle that is ever more urgent to protect ourselves; or we can look outward, recognizing that our own good is interwoven with that of the other,â€ he said.
The UNITED kingdom, the commitment to â€œthe world’s poorest and most vulnerable people is something to be proud of, not a political football,â€ he added. He acknowledged that the aid budget should not be above debate, and the effectiveness of direct aid should be controlled.
But, he said: â€œWe Brits are known to defend the weak and stop when things get tough … Help is not about creating dependency but to help people to become valuable partners and collaborators, a safe and a fair world.
â€œAnd the persistence of levels of public generosity from the British people in response to the repeated appeals of emergency proves how deeply rooted these impulses are our national identity and our sense of responsibility towards the rest of the world.â€
Referring to the election and Brexit negotiations, said: â€œwe have a debate on the future of our country, our relationship with the EU, and our new relationship with the world, you should wear our aid budget as a badge of honor, which sets a standard for others to follow.â€
Williams concluded by inviting the leaders of all the political parties to â€œkeep the promise that we made, and stand up for their faith in a larger than great Britainâ€.
The international development bill, passed two years ago, the great Britain the first G7 country to meet the UNITED nations for the expenditure target, set in 1970.
From the call to the election, Theresa May, has dodged the questions, if his party, the manifesto of keeping that commitment. Of work you think you May want to cut the Â£12 billion budget.
At the beginning of this week, the billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates warned May that abandon the commitment would reduce the country’s influence in the world and mean more loss of human lives in Africa.
â€œThe large aid donors are now the USA, great Britain and Germany â€“ these are the three largest, and if those three back off, very ambitious things to do with malaria, agriculture and reproductive health, simply, would not have done,â€ the Microsoft founder said.
Williams, who resigned as the archbishop of Canterbury, four years ago, has criticised the other national policies in the field of moral and social justice in the garden. In the month of February, has called on the government to rethink the end of the so-called Dubs Amendment, the son of refugees were given safe passage to Britain.
Together with other religious leaders, has publicly opposed Brexit ahead of the last year of the referendum, saying that the EU has been of vital importance for the maintenance of peace, the fight against poverty and to tackle the migration crisis.