Britain has let down young people, says Archbishop

By Edward Malnick, Telegraph

Rioters who took part in the summer’s unrest were expressing “frustrations” felt by many young people, the Archbishop of Canterbury says today.

Dr Rowan Williams re-enters the political fray with a claim that Britain has “let down” youngsters by being “suspicious and hostile” towards them, and by failing to provide good role models.

His comments, in his New Year message, risk reopening his clash with David Cameron, who warned last month that while the Church is entitled to address political issues it should “keep on the agenda that speaks to the whole country”.

The Prime Minister’s comments came after an article in which Dr Williams said people were “afraid” of the Government and that Mr Cameron’s Big Society was viewed as an “opportunistic” cover for cuts.

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