Bishop hits at all parties on jobless

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The Bishop of Liverpool has criticised the leading political parties in the run up to the general election. The Right Rev David Sheppard, who retires later this year, said yesterday: "I feel that the whole debate is being conducted at the level of comfortable Britain.

"We need some long term changes - not just for one election. I think this issue of unemployment and the future of work with new technology and everything else is one of the great human questions.

"Unemployment isn't the only reason for poverty but if you want to get people out of poverty the first thing you want to do is to make it possible for them to have a decent job.

"So much of Britain just wring their hands and assume there is nothing we can do about it and I hope we are going to say there are some things we can do about it.

"Here is a deep sickness in our society and nobody ought to think we can heal it without some sacrifice on the behalf of those who are more comfortable. None of the politicians [is] saying that at the moment so perhaps the church ought to."