Deputy Bishop of London in Jersey 'freemasons' claim

Screen shot Bishop Peter Broadbent said there was not much "nice or defensible" about Jersey or its society

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The Deputy Bishop of London has claimed Jersey was "in the grip of freemasonry" and that there was a "conspiracy of silence" on the island.

The Right Reverend Peter Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, also said there was not much nice or defensible" about Jersey politics or society.

He has since removed his comments, made on a church politics blog run by Peter Ould, an Anglican priest.

Tim Nash of St Paul's in St Helier said the bishop's comments had been unfair.

'Having a pop'

The bishop also claimed Jersey's culture was difficult to change and that those that spoke out were silenced.

Bishop Broadbent Bishop Broadbent said his comments were seen as "unhelpful"

Mr Nash said: "If someone really has concerns about Jersey as a society or a political entity then they are far more likely to help us by being our friend than by simply having a pop at us.

"To simply write off a whole society as one homogenous lump is stupid, unwise and ignorant. Jersey is a diverse place, despite its size.

"The thing that troubled me most is the person who made those comments had no connection to Jersey.

"It was very much beneath his office."

The bishop told the BBC his comments were being seen as unhelpful.

In 2010 he apologised for "deeply offensive" comments on Facebook about Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton.

He said the marriage would last about seven years.

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