Anyone would think the Archbishop of Canterbury had resigned. OK, he has, but (as a colleague delicately put it) he still has a full pregnancy to go through before finishing.

I have been too busy doing real work all day and am now about to go out again. So, here’s my response to the news and the silliness that has now started:

Rowan Williams has been a remarkable Archbishop of Canterbury. He has steered the Anglican Communion through some particularly challenging times with enormous integrity, intelligence and prayerfulness, and I know he will continue to do so over the next nine and a half months.

While speculation as to his successor is inevitable and a great game for the media, it’s no more than that – a game. In the meantime we’ll all get on with the real work.