Are Sundays Special?
The Church has expressed its concern after the government announced a relaxation on Sunday trading rules during the London 2012 Olympics. As the games approach, ministers have noticed that allowing shops to stay open all hours will help the British economy.
Whilst the Church of England is not opposed to this alteration of trading hours for the Olympics, the concern lies in whether the change will become permanent. Canon Dr Chris Sugden went as far as calling it 'a form of idolatry' because its aim is to boost the economy above all else.
The Church proposes that without a common weekly day off for the majority, community and family life will suffer. The health of employees due to less rest is also a concern.
The Foreign Secretary William Hague is open to the change becoming permanent; though Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor has taken a more cautious approach. He said that yesterday there were 'mums at home with their kids' on Mothering Sunday thanks to the current trading rules.
Pressure group 'Keep Sunday Special' has challenged David Cameron, saying the move threatens his pledge to be the most family-friendly government.