So in a country where Christianity steadily commands a smaller and smaller following SHOULD the bells ring out for Christmas? Or Anglicanism be so inextricably linked to the Constitution? Ought our Head of State automatically become Defender of THE Faith. Or, indeed, of any or all them?
If mighty York Minster and her parishioners are prepared to do without church bells for Christmas, perhaps the rest of Christendom can and should, too.
In the spirit of the age – of the likes of Southern Rail, British Airways, Weetabix workers, junior doctors – should the bells of Bath and Wells, Canterbury and St Paul’s now show solidarity: one out, all out?
A bleak and bell-less Christmas. Is that a prospect to make the heart soar, to soothe the savage breast with the prospect of an extra hour a-bed un-roused by the clanging cacophony from adjacent bell lofts?
Put yourself in the position of the people of York: for them, Christmas 2016 will be a step into a place not known since the 1300s, a Christmas without a clanging call to prayer.
Is that where a modern Britain ought to be headed?
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