According to the Sunday Telegraph, Gordon Brown is preparing to end the power of the Prime Minister to choose the Archbishop of Canterbury and other Churches of England clerics.
From what I can make out, this would effectively mean the end, or nearly the end, of the position of the Churches of England as the "Established Churches".
Her Majesty the Queen would, presumably, remain the titular head of those churches. But if she isn't choosing its main clerics, through the Royal Prerogative or whatever it is via her Prime Minister, then surely such a title will be meaningless?
There are still the 26 Bishops who sit in the House of Lords. I would have thought that it is safe to assume that a reformed second chamber would not include these clerics, but you never know, I suppose.
I would welcome the move being suggested in the Telegraph, (which reminds me of Brown's similarly "early doors" surprise and radical granting of Indepoendence to the Bank of England in 1997). I think it is utterly bizarre that the Prime Minister can choose the Archbishop of Canterbury and other clerics.