Bishop taken to task over mitre style

First published in Spectator's Notes

T HE incoming Archbishop of Canterbury can do no wrong in many people’s eyes. Some are even suggesting the empasse over women bishops would never have happened if the Bishop of Durham had been ensconced at Lambeth Palace.

After being lauded in The Times for his role as witty interrogator-in-chief of Chancellor George Osborne over bank regulation, Justin Welby could be forgiven for thinking he could do no wrong (he wouldn’t, of course, he’s far too humble for that).

But the Church of England doesn’t like anyone to even think they might get too big for their boots. A correspondent writing to the Church Times last week took the archbishop-to-be to task for his mitre-wearing style. Apparently, Bishop Welby has got it all wrong, wearing it too far back on his head “like a tea cosy”.

The bishop’s sartorial critic continues: “There are enough people ready to laugh at the Church of England without any encouragement from its leader’s Episcopal attire.” Quite so.

Forums fail IT looks like Hambleton District Council’s area forums, designed to provide “low-level community engagement with the council”, are for the chop.

The council’s scrutiny committee, which was due to consider their future yesterday, has commissioned a report which says, broadly speaking, that there is no need for both area forums and area partnerships.

The report struggles to identify the differences between the two. There are differences, but you have to be a local government expert to work out what they are. The council’s cabinet will make a final decision


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