Telling The Times

Telling The Times

Something funny seeing as it's Friday...

Ruth Gledhill's BlogIt isn't often we get a quote before The Times newspaper does, and particuarly before the lovely religion correspondent Ruth Gledhill, but yesterday it looks like we did.

I have just read a blog by Ruthie about The Wave protest against climate change tomorrow, and in particular the Archbishop of Canterbury's involvement.

In it Ruth writes:

"Dr Williams told The Times: 'This is a very important moment for us all in trying to keep everyone’s eyes open to the serious environmental challenges we face. The world’s leaders need to hear from the world’s people about their desire for a safe, sustainable environment in which God’s care for all he has made is honoured by us. This weekend’s events should send a clear message of urgency and hope to the Copenhagen summit.'

Rowan said something similar to us yesterday which we reported here:

“This is a very important moment for us all in trying to keep everyone’s eyes open to the serious environmental challenges we face. The world’s leaders need to hear from the world’s people about their desire for a safe, sustainable environment in which God’s care for all he has made is honoured by us. This weekend’s events should send a clear message of urgency and hope to the Copenhagen Summit.”

Hang on! Wait. It's identical! Well at least the ABC is staying on message.

Oh OK then, the quote comes from a press release from Christian Aid. I admit it.

But it does make you wonder if it's the best use of Rowan's time to...er..."tell The Times" things when he could just pop a press release through, ahem.

[Update: 10.56 5th December. As ever Ruth is being lovely and sees the funny side. A note to me via Twitter this morning: "I realised too late... I asked @lambethpress for comment & didn't realise they just recycled. In keeping with theme I spose!" She gets my vote for being good sport of the year. Too many grumpy journalists out there, and she is a ray of sunshine.]

[Update: 12.55 5th December. William Crawley (BBC) just tweeted Ruth asking whether Lambeth Palace's comment on "Rowan's intensive efforts in Uganda recycled too? Canterbury spinning?" As it happens I asked Ruth a similar question on Thursday. Her response: "Yes well perhaps I should have blogged it two weeks ago, but better late than never"]

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