Who provides the most moral leadership in UK?

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A poll in the Sunday Times (UK) (paywall) shows that the Queen provides more moral leadership than the Archbishop of Canterbury. Reuters reports:

Only around a half of Britons trust the clergy to tell the truth and a
similar proportion think the Church of England does a bad job of
providing moral leadership, a poll showed on Sunday.

The survey by pollster YouGov commissioned by Britain’s Sunday Times
newspaper further showed that 69 percent of respondents thought the
Church of England, mother church of the world’s 80-million-strong
Anglican communion, was out of touch.

Forty percent of those polled said they did not trust priests, vicars
and other clergy to tell the truth, and overall doctors, teachers and
judges were rated as more trustworthy.

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posted by Ann Fontaine

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Rod Gillis
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Rod Gillis

The Queen is head of state, not only in England, but in other Commonwealth countries that have not yet become republics. She has done a good job in transcending partisan issues. (However, might have been interesting to see how she fared during the protocol dust up following the death of Lady Diana.)

The Archbishop's role has a politcal dimension to it, so its not a completely level playing field comparison. QE II has a lot of personal credibility going back to her personal public role during WWII. Even Canadians like me who think we ought to ditch the monarchy, respect her as a person and as head of state. Not quite so tingly about Chuck taking over the big chair someday.

Polls like this one are misleading in that folks tend to correlate leadership with agreement. Example. I think Welby has shown leadership on social and economic issues because he stands in a tradition I agree with. I would not give him points for leadership on , well, leadership style, because he appears very old boy "overlordish". Nor would I give him points for leadership on the same sex file because I disagree with his lack luster support for justice. Which begs a question: Can we support leadership when it differs from our point of view? Maybe the folks responding to the poll don't cotton to the Archbishop being on side with the poor and those on the welfare rolls?

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Roselyn Drake
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Roselyn Drake

The Queen has the great advantage over everyone else; she is not expected to give an opinion in public on every controversial issue.

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Michael Morris
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Michael Morris

Even as an American, I'd be more inclined to trust something the Queen said than something the Archbishop said.

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