Comments: columns for weekend reading

Simon Jenkins has much to say about some obscure paintings in a remnant of the Church of England's obscenely wealthy past. They would not cease to exist if removed from their present home, but they would fund a considerable number of current parishes in Durham if sold. One has to ask what is the greater priority for the Church of England: caring for people, or for the art collection of an 18th century bishop of Durham?

If the North East wants art treasures it could easily buy them out of the money saved from rejecting the Prescott Assembly. But it seems the funds are not forthcoming for these paintings, and it has to be asked why? Could it be that the people of the NE also have more urgent priorities?

Posted by Alan Marsh at Sunday, 9 October 2005 at 1:35am BST
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