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Disestablishment of the Church of England is a no-lose policy: It is radical, it is right and virtually no one opposes it

By Iain McLean   January 2003

Tony Blair has looked constitutionally timid since devolution. Here is something he could do with huge symbolic and practical benefit. Only gilded vested interests would lose. He should disestablish the Church of England. He will do nothing unless the Church of England asks him to, but signals from the new Archbishop of Canterbury suggest that we may be about to see a historic shift in its position.

A BBC profile of Archbishop Rowan Williams broadcast on 1st December showed a man ill at ease with the establishment of the Church of England. “It’s possible to have very fruitful, very constructive…

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