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Minders needed

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22 August 2014

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From Mr Andrew Graystone

Sir, - A serving archbishop is necessarily surrounded by staff who support him or her with administrative help, research, and, crucially, advice on dealing with the media. The day the archbishop steps down, all that support vanishes. And yet a former archbishop still has a significant public profile, creating multiple opportunities for mission or for mischief. Should we not respect our retired archbishops by providing them, like former prime ministers, with a small staff to provide a degree of ongoing practical support and advice?

ANDREW GRAYSTONE
17 Rushford Avenue
Manchester M19 2HG

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