Faithful readers here may recall that I have put my metaphorical Lambeth wager on +Justin Welby of Durham as the dark horse candidate to succeed ++Rowan. Well, stick around and you may win some money. Or not.
Andrew Brown of the Guardian, prognosticating about the next ABC, discusses the merits of the now "former" frontrunners then writes,
"This leaves the dark horse, whom no one was discussing a year ago, yet now seems to lead the field: Justin Welby, the bishop of Durham."
Mind you, Andrew Brown then sets out the marks against JayDub. So, who knows whom the Crown Appointments Commission might look favourably upon.
But here is a thought. Why is discussion so intensely English?
Is there a Scottish bishop who could be brought south?
We might reasonably discount a Welsh bishop being brought across the border this time round (since ++Morgan has been appointed to the Commission for this appointment process).
Or, here is a wild thought: is there an Irishman who would bring some Gaelic flair to the post? Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling ...