The Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops for the first time in its history. Its ruling General Synod gave approval to legislation introducing the change by the required two-thirds majority. A previous vote in 2012 was backed by the Houses of Bishops and Clergy but blocked by traditionalist lay members. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said he was "delighted" but some opponents said they were unconvinced by the concessions offered to them. Read more >>
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail shows a group of people drinking in a pub. A man asks a woman, who is dressed as a bishop, "You've given up the cleaning job? Blimey. Now what're you hoping to do?".
The joke is that it is extremely unlikely for a woman who was a cleaner to become a bishop — even if she has the right apparel (except for the slippers!).
1. The hooked staff carried by a bishop is called a crosier. And the tall hat is a mitre.
2. Blimey is an informal, rather old-fashioned British term used for expressing surprise. According to the Oxford Dictionaries, it's a late 19th century altered form of (God) blind (or blame) me!