Strangely enough its the Guardian that stresses the predictable scorn, while Cranmer is still holding fire. The Times explains that the idea was inspired by the refusal of a fictional vicar to bury Tess of the dUrbervilles dead baby in holy ground, not that Thomas Hardy was much of a Christian. So two cheers for the Church of England for burying the last remnants of bastardy and living in sin with their new combined service of marriage and baptism. Irish churches to follow?
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London