Archbishop of Canterbury says emulate Nelson Mandela in tackling poverty


So this is the last verse of the Janus Project but the blog continues for a while since it only started in June whilst my warchbishopriting started in January 2013.  So I’ll continue to post verse from the same day last year to complete the blog collection.  For this last verse from the last day of the year I was inspired by the very simple message from Archbishop Justin Welby who advocated a resolution for everyone to change the world just a bit where we are.


Take the First Bite

Archbishop Justin Welby
expressed a message of hope for the New Year
based on a quote that dealing with poverty
is, in fact, not an act of charity
but an act of justice.
A message vehemently expressed from the heart.
A message that started with Nelson Mandela
– one smart fella that –
who was aware that change came from within.
You can change yourself
but only attempt to influence
everyone else.

Question:  How do you eat an elephant?
Answer:  You eat it a bite at a time.

Its size is the deterrent
that repels the idea of change.
So don’t try to change the world.
Start with your neighbourhood,
or even at home.
Start small.
Don’t look too far.
Resolve to be an influence,
to make a difference wherever you are,
to fight against prejudice,
to combat injustice,
to stand up for right,
….. to take that first bite.



31st December 2013 – headline from the Guardian

Notes:  “Archbishop of Canterbury says emulate Nelson Mandela in tackling poverty.”  The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has urged people to adopt a New Year’s resolution of tackling poverty in their own neighbourhoods.  But the archbishop said in his first New Year’s message as head of the Church of England that many people were struggling in spite of many signs of hope.  He recommended taking up a pledge this year to try to “change the world a bit where we are”.  “I want to suggest this year that each of us makes a resolution to try and change the world a bit where we are,” he said in his message.  “Nelson Mandela said that dealing with poverty is not an act of charity, it’s an act of justice, he said every generation has the chance to be a great generation and we can be that great generation.”


Food poverty in UK has reached level of ‘public health emergency’

If you’d like to see a parliamentary debate on why people are going hungry in this country when so much food is wasted each year by households and supermarkets then please join this campaign:



Hunger is here.
Hunger is now.
Hunger in Britain.
That unwritten, unspoken shame
of a social divide that’s widening,
the slip-sliding ranks of the poor.
Hunger on the streets.
Hunger in the home.
The rise of the food-banks.
The disparity of hunger and greed
through government policy
condemning of those most in need.
We need the debate.
Why does the State allow this to happen.
Why does the State crap on the poor
and let the wealthiest live their own law?
Hunger with me.
I hunger for change.
Hunger to see hunger a stranger.




3rd December 2013 – headline from the Independent

Notes:  “Food poverty in UK has reached level of ‘public health emergency’, warn experts.”  Hunger in Britain has reached the level of a “public health emergency” and the Government may be covering up the extent to which austerity and welfare cuts are adding to the problem, leading experts have said.  In a letter to the British Medical Journal, a group of doctors and senior academics from the Medical Research Council and two leading universities said that the effect of Government policies on vulnerable people’s ability to afford food needed to be “urgently” monitored.  A surge in the number of people requiring emergency food aid, a decrease in the amount of calories consumed by British families, and a doubling of the number of malnutrition cases seen at English hospitals represent “all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late to take preventative action,” they write.  Despite mounting evidence for a growing food poverty crisis in the UK, ministers maintain there is “no robust evidence” of a link between sweeping welfare reforms and a rise in the use of food banks. However, publication of research into the phenomenon, commissioned by the Government itself, has been delayed, amid speculation that the findings may prove embarrassing for ministers.  More than 50,000 people in have signed a petition calling for Parliament to hold a debate on the causes of food poverty in the UK.  The petition was launched on Monday by the writer and former food bank user Jack Monroe.  The petition has been backed by the Unite union and the national food bank charity the Trussell Trust.