Peter Mullen: What can we hope for?

When standing down from speaking at Keep Rebuilding Bridges, Peter Mullen supplied two articles. There is a link to one of them in the previous post, which first appeared in the Salisbury Review during December last year.

The other, which appears to be previously unpublished, appears below.

What can we hope for?

I have been inveigled – I don’t know what else to say – into the Bishop George Bell Society. I have already written vigorously about the scandalous behaviour by the church hierarchy which has so tarnished the reputation of this noble and innocent man. So when the chairman of the Bell Society invited me to speak at their October meeting in Westminster, I was delighted to accept
Subsequent communications with the chairman of the Society have been far from encouraging. (Imagine the atmosphere of a Sunday School outing on a very damp day) I suggested that a key aim should be to get rid of the liars and traducers of George Bell – that is Welby of Canterbury and Warner of Chichester. These “men” are clearly guilty and so should be exposed as such and by that means compelled to resign
I further suggested to the chairman that for this purpose rottweilers and terriers were needed in the form of big name public figures and high powered journalists to take up the cudgels
Whereupon the gentle chairman backed off and said he would leave the rottweilers and terriers to get on with the job. (But there aren’t any) Moreover he was convinced that Welby and Warner will have been despatched by October
By whom, then?
He wants all the speakers at his October conference to be part of a consensual team to “build bridges” And we are all to agree in advance as to what we shall say
Those who acknowledge the great injustice that has been done to George Bell have no need to build bridges with anyone. And of course it is unthinkable that we should build bridges with Welby and Warner – who have revealed themselves as two of the most treacherous episcopal specimens of recent times . (And the competition is not negligible)
This dear chairman is no doubt a delightful man and mush-loved by old ladies of both sexes. He is, I suspect, sensationally ineffectual. I don’t say he wouldn’t say boo to a goose, but he would make sure before he did say boo that there was a psychiatrist on hand to treat the goose for post-traumatic stress disorder
What George Bell needs is people who will fight his corner for him – and bugger “building bridges”
I suspect I am wasting my time with this lot: nice as they sound, with their meeting in Church House – what you might call the “away” ground
Advice please
PS Chap goes into a pub and asks for a Welby
“A Welby, Sir?”
“Yes, a Noilly Prat”