/October 2016 Articles

October Diary

‘Thurifer’ finds himself church-crawling in Suffolk   Imposing medieval churches dominate several beautiful Suffolk villages; and these great buildings owe their existence to the lucrative wool trade. Architecturally impressive, they stand like battleships in tiny coves. I was in Lavenham [...]


Apparently the Bishop of Grantham, the Rt Revd Dr Nicholas Chamberlain, has a gentleman friend with whom he doesn’t have sex. Unless you’ve been living in a cave you know that already; but there was something very odd about the [...]


“In Place of Strife” (A Very British Revolution, ND Sept 2016) was tabled in 1969, when Harold Wilson was Prime Minister. Jim Callaghan led the opposition in Cabinet. Apologies for the slip.   In last month’s Editorial we said the [...]

The way we live now

Christopher Smith still can’t see the Emperor’s new clothes, even after all these years.   It was a steaming hot summer in central London this year: humid, and frankly unpleasant. A great disgruntlement descended, and people generally became impatient and [...]

Faith of our Fathers

Walking the King’s Highway by Arthur Middleton   The world to come There seems little awareness of the struggle in which we are involved, or the underlying secular ways of thinking and behaving that are invading ecclesial life. The problem [...]