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  • The Papal Bill

    by Rumbold
    14th May, 2010 at 8:48 pm    

    The Heresiarch speculates on the probable huge cost to the taxpayer for police overtime when Benedict XVI visits Britain later on this year:

    Ratzo has been visiting Portugal, a country almost as bankrupt as the UK, and to the horror of British police observers, many well-wishers were allowed to come within egg-throwing distance. Meredydd Hughes, the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire said that Portuguese police “have been much more relaxed and calm than we are about the distance the Pope is allowed to be from the people.” In the UK, there would be “many more physical barriers” - partly because of traditional British obsession with terrorist threats, but mainly because of “the anti-Papal protests which are expected in Britain.” Go and boo if you like, but he won’t be able to hear you. The taxpayer will be paying top whack for Operation Spare The Pope’s Blushes, naturally.

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    1. earwicga — on 15th May, 2010 at 12:22 am  

      and boo if you like, but he won’t be able to hear you.

      Good point, but protests if properly reported will go round the world. I wonder how our servile media will report this? The (London) Times started reporting very well on recent scandals but very quickly their reports were quite obviously moderated.

    2. @grpartington — on 15th May, 2010 at 2:39 am  

      earwitga I hope you’re not suggesting stories involving the pope or the Catholic church could potentially be covered up. I don’t recall it happening in the past. Erm actually come to think of it there was one time…:-)

    3. Shatterface — on 15th May, 2010 at 2:53 pm  

      Much as I despise the Pope we’ve had visits from other despicable heads of state and I don’t think that the *cost* of their protection should enter into it.

      Protestors should, of course, be allowed to protest where they will be heard.

      I suggest singing Tim Minchin’s Pope Song.

    4. Don — on 15th May, 2010 at 4:44 pm  

      The whole ‘Head of State’ thing is moot.

    5. Terry Fitz — on 15th May, 2010 at 7:06 pm  

      So, you have taken to hating Catholics now?

    6. john barnes — on 15th May, 2010 at 8:12 pm  

      where were you when this guy came?

    7. Rumbold — on 15th May, 2010 at 8:22 pm  

      Terry Fitz:


    8. popey — on 19th May, 2010 at 10:52 pm  

      f the pope!

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