Surprisingly, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said the taxpayers should pay for the Pope's visit
I'm shocked, truly...does he also believe Jesus was in fact the son of God?
What's even the point in asking his opinion...of course he bloody thinks the Pope should come here, he probably also thinks we should all join his church
While I agree on the point about state visits - this is not really a 'state' visit, he's the leader of a religion, he does not come representing the national interests of the Vatican as a country, but his own religious views
And while he may represent 1 in 5 people on the planet (a statistic Catholics love), it's more like 1 in 12 in the UK (or 8%), and probably far less in actuality, polls show a minority welcome the visit, most not caring about it but also not wanting to waste money on a visitor who can easily self-fund and provides no tangible benefit in coming
We cut national services and yet spend on this abuse-riddled organisation to self-promote?
The argument follows that he was invited - true, but following up on that whole democracy thing, where most of us don't want to pay, which democratically elected leader invited him?
That's right, Gordon Brown, in February last year - the same government who created a load of expensive new commitments just for electoral purposes forced their successors' hand once again, knowing full well they would not be the ones to welcome the old git
Would Blair, the elected leader, the man who avoided any ties to Catholicism til he left office, have invited the Pope to these shores for the first time in history? Unlikely
If Brown wants to meet the Pope maybe he, or the Labour party should fund the visit