Codewords in Times obituaries

The Very Rev Dr Wesley Carr
Authoritarian and high-handed dean of Westminster Abbey who officiated at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales

Authoritarian and high handed, eh?

10 thoughts on “Codewords in Times obituaries”

  1. Yes, had the same thought – a bit more subbing needed – although it turns it out that they do have slightly different meanings: high handedness adds the nuance of his having no regard for the feelings of others whereas authoritarianism is what it says on the tin. Thus, ascribing high handedness to this fine late fellow may be thought a little harsh.

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