15 NOVEMBER 1997, Page 34

Sir: Unattractive but vain, pompous, opin- ionated rather than knowledgeable,

defer- ential to power and politically correct atti- tudes, who are the modern Widmerpools? Surely, almost to a man, the bishops of the Church of England.

Revd Anthony Hammond Christian

St Nicolas, St Wilfrid, Marsh Hall, Pevensey, Sussex