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Saturday, July 09, 2011

The archbishop and the prisoners

The archbishop and the prisoners

On a prison visit, Rowan Williams shows a wittier, humbler side – and an enthusiasm for unglamorous projects

The archbishop sat on a plain chair in a chapel which was subtly wrong. The glass in the windows was thick and whorled, impossible to see through; and the panes were separated not by lead but thick concrete, in circles rather smaller than a man could squeeze through. The ushers were broad-shouldered men in pressed shirts standing quietly against the walls.

But "this place runs on honesty and truth", said one prisoner.

Comment: Unlike the crooks and liars in Parliament.

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