Saturday, May 31, 2008

Labour Activist Quits Post Over Anti-Catholicism

Conor McGinn has had enough of it. And he's not the only one.

Among other things, McGinn took exception to remarks made by Labour MEP Mary Venomball in a recent piece for the Graun's Comment is Free blog. In an unrelenting miasma of anti-Catholic bile Venomball used one of the oldest anti-Catholic charges in the book - that of divided loyalties - as she openly queried whether Roman Catholics should be discriminated against in front bench Labour politics.

"Anti-Catholicism, although it doesn't overtly manifest itself, is ingrained," McGinn said. "They are, in effect, questioning the loyalty of Catholics and using Guy Fawkes-era language".

Quite so. And why should Roman Catholics have to put up with it? Precisely how can someone as anti-Catholic as Venomball be expected to represent her Roman Catholic constituents?

McGinn reportedly emailed Venomball about her bigoted trash. Unsurprisingly, the insolent baggage didn't bother to reply to him. As ever bigotry is accompanied by bad manners.

Word is getting out about hostility to Roman Catholics in the Labour Party. If it carries on unchecked and liabilities like Venomball continue to belch out their flatulent anti-Catholicism, Roman Catholics might just reciprocate in their own way. At the ballot box.


Blogger voltaires said...

By voting Tory? Them and the rest of the country.

Besides, I don't see why the left should tack towards social conservatism just to assuage certain perceived voting blocs.

Actually I don't think there's an organised political Catholic vote on the level that you appear to believe, Maria. This isn't the USA and people of various religions don't generally vote en bloc. There are exceptions to that rule (for instance the historic Muslim Labour vote) but even those are breaking up.

6/02/2008 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Little Bat-Faced Girl said...

RE: Voltaire’s Priest

Agreed, the next election is almost certainly lost, with or without the Catholic vote. But the ongoing problem Maria articulates is that the traditional Catholic bloc vote - evidenced by the socially-conservative but ultra loyal North East, particularly in areas of large Irish immigration - will only take so much before it deserts Labour, and deserts for good.

6/06/2008 8:43 AM  
Blogger voltaires said...

OK, well if people choose not to automatically give their loyalties to one party or the other then that's fine by me. I don't automatically vote Labour any more, and I don't think anyone else should either. In fact, it's the guarantee of tribal loyalty from working class voters that enabled Blair (a good Catholic boy nowadays) to go off chasing the conservative middle classes.

6/08/2008 1:05 AM  

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