Incidentally, the source for this may not be entirely reliable. I have no idea what the provenance of the "Christian News Release Service" is, but apart from mistrusting any organisation that is capable of such egregious capitalisation, it seems hard to believe that everybody's voting intentions are already known so accurately.
What this does reveal, though, is the presence of "groups" on Synod. I was already aware that these existed, but had naively imagined them to be no more than interest groups, or perhaps fringe meetings of those with broadly common interests. The idea that there are blocs who consistently vote together, and decide their intentions in advance, is an eye-opener for me, and I don't like it. I would prefer to think of the Synod as a group gathered together to discern the Holy Spirit's guidance, listening to each other and praying, and then voting as their consciences tell them. Is that too much to ask of a Christian assembly? Apparently so.
The Synodical system is based on a Parliamentary model, and some of the elected reps seem to be taking that further than intended by forming their own parties. Party politics, with its adversarial nature and vested interests, will not serve the church well. Synodical government is not working, and it needs reforming.
*****************UPDATE, 7.00 pm
Thinking Anglicans has published the original text of the press release (in two versions; form critics please note). This shows the authorship and, exactly as Pam predicts in the comments below, it turns out that the "Christian News Release Service" is actually Rod Thomas and Simon Killwick, representing the two bloc votes referred to in the release.
This cynical and clumsy manipulation of the media rather seems to prove my point. Not only is Synod copying Parliament in setting up parties, it also wants to emulate it in spin and dirty tricks. If they have these votes in the bag, why bother putting out this spurious press release at all? It's just anti-social behaviour, rabble-rousing and attention-seeking. This poorly written message comes across like the sort of threatening note that a slightly odd flatmate leaves on the fridge in the small hours when they think you've eaten their cheese. As an evangelical, if I were on Synod, I would be embarrassed by this.
This kind of playground behaviour is doing nobody any good. How about a code of practice for Synod members?