From the Revd E. John Penny
Sir, - Several journalists recently suggested that the Crown
Nominations Commission decided against a certain candidate for
Archbishop because he was "dull".
But does "dull" mean incompetent? Another "dull" figure, Clement
Attlee, was, in a recent television programme, voted the most
effective post-war Prime Minister. Yet, he was also a PR disaster,
having the appearance of a "depressed undertaker".
The media and social networks look for "image" and "charisma" in
a potential Archbishop. But experience tells us that these
qualities rarely go hand in hand with ability. Surely the question
everyone should be asking is simply: "Who can do the job?"
Hibiscus, 33 Church Drove
Outwell, Wisbech PE14 8RH