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Big Society row

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell defends the Government's Big Society concept after the Archbishop of Canterbury's attack on it.

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Archbishop of Canterbury dismisses PM's 'Big Society'

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, who has dismissed David Cameron's Big Society Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Archbishop of Canterbury has dismissed David Cameron's Big Society as a ploy to conceal a "deeply damaging withdrawal of the state from its responsibilities to the most vulnerable".

Dr Rowan Williams, who will stand down in December, denounces the concept as "aspirational waffle" in a new book.

In one passage, obtained by The Observer, he writes: "Introduced in the run up to the last election as a major political idea for the coming generation, (it) has suffered from a lack of definition about the means by which such ideals can be realised."

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