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Put your shirt on it

06 December 2013


From the Revd Mark Smith

Sir, - Now that another independent supplier of clerical shirts has gone under (News, 22 November), I wonder whether the time has come for a spot of sartorial nationalisation.

The Ministry Division could become the single, official producer of shirts for all licensed clergy. Just think of the benefits. A high standard of product could be ensured: no more drooping tabs, no more chafing tonsures. Inappropriate styles could be eradicated: no more lurid pinks or gaudy florals.

What a marvellous way to encourage a sense of clerical unity and common purpose in this age of politicking and division! Plus, with all the profits that would accrue, a complimentary Canterbury cap could be given to every cleric. What could be better?

Cambridge CB2 1 RD

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