The 57-year-old grandfather, who enjoys scuba diving and drives a kit car, speaks softly, but he has strong views and a steely determination. As Dean of Bradford, his previous job, he rescued the cathedral from bankruptcy. Now he must restore the reputation of St Paul’s ”” and help the Church of England to rethink its role in society.
The country is “in danger of drifting apart, with the financiers, politicians and others at the top and people ”˜lower down’ feeling that they’re not being heard”, he warns. “Historically, if the top and bottom of society drift too far apart, there comes a point where there’s an explosion.
“We must get on and deal with the reform of our institutions while we still can, before it turns into a situation of revolution.”
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