After spilling the communion wine down his cassock in an attempt to wade into the ongoing Wonga-row, the Archbishop of Canterbury has been rather quiet of late. Justin Welby faced acute embarrassment when he tried to throw the pay-day loan lenders out of the temple, only for it to be revealed that the Church of England’s investment portfolio include a significant stakes in such grubby money-lenders. Lambeth Palace have clearly learnt their lesson and are now seeking a ‘high profile and influential’ professional, with the ‘skills of a proven and visionary leader’ to help spin for God:
‘As a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s senior team, the Director of Communications will lead the Lambeth communications team, will drive and develop strategic communications, oversee how the Archbishop is represented and promoted through the media.’
And there was me thinking God, or at the very least Jesus, was the ‘visionary leader’ the Church was looking to find. Could the former oilman, be expecting further trouble with the media down the line? Thanks be to spin.