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16 March 2012

Rowan Williams: a New Statesman reader

Ten of the best pieces on the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury from the NS archive.

By George Eaton

1. Leader: The government needs to know how afraid people are (June 2011)

Published in the special edition of the magazine he guest-edited, Williams’s celebrated leader accused the government of committing the country to “radical, long-term policies for which no one voted.”

2. Interview: Rowan Williams (December 2008)

James Macintyre’s long interview-profile of Williams included the Archbishop’s reflections on sharia law, capitalism and the disestablishment of the Church.

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3. Rowan Williams in conversation with William Hague (June 2011)

Williams’s conversation with the Foreign Secretary ranged from the assassination of Osama Bin Laden to the Libyan intervention and the role of moral values in foreign policy.

4. Editor’s Note — after Rowan Williams (June 2011)

New Statesman editor Jason Cowley reflects on the remarkable fallout from Williams’s political intervention.

5. It could have been me (February 2007)

In 2007, Williams reported on the plight of fellow Christian leader Samba Momesori, imprisoned for life without trial in Equatorial Guinea.

6. The week I was fired by the nicest man I know (July 2011)

George Pitcher explains the “schoolboy allusion” that led to his departure as Williams’s public affairs secretary.

7. Leader: In praise of Rowan Williams (October 2011)

An NS editorial praised Williams’s “admirable fearlessness” after he visited Zimbabwe to challenge Robert Mugabe’s religious oppression.

8. Lethally polite bafflement (March 2012)

The New Statesman’s culture editor Jonathan Derbyshire reviews Williams’s “dialogue” (not “debate”) with his fellow NS guest editor Richard Dawkins.

9. Leader: A global big society (June 2011)

In his second leader for the NS, Williams explores how the “democratic deficit” in Africa can be addressed.

10. Choosing an archbishop (September 2011)

The NS’s religion blogger Nelson Jones asks why the appointment of Williams’s successor should be left to “a faceless committee”.