Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fowards ever backwards never says London for a secular Europe as Valentine's Day anti-Catholic protest bombs

Non-event of the weekend had to be the anti-Catholic anti-Pope protest by London for a Secular Europe, a coalition of nutcase anti-religious groups and, unfortunately, the saintly Peter Tatchell, who shouldn't be mixing with such strange people. Luckily for the master meeja tacticians at Catholic Communications Network, the demonstration of enormous opposition to the Papal visit turned out to be a damp squib with a cluster of cranks turning out on a drizzly February day to make their point to a few disinterested pigeons and startled tourists on the piazza. The organisers numbered the demonstrators as around the 200 mark so it's a fair bet that they somewhat fewer than that in total. No shows included secularist idol, Maryam Namazie who was probably busy broadcasting thrilling Hekmatist propaganda to the world's freedom loving peoples.

Not that Eccleston Square's crack press team can afford to maintain their complacency about this - my source on the Westminster scene, the ever reliable Mr Grumpy O'Moody gave me the impression that the ganzer machers in the press office were bathed in their usual serene indifference to national events when I asked how the prospect of a bunch of wild-eyed loons parking themselves outside the cathedral chanting anti-Catholic slogans was going down.

Quite what it would take to lift the press office, which experiences every day as a slow news day, out of its catatonic state, I don't know. Come September's Papal visit and an attention-seeking wingnut may hurl flourescent condoms at the pontiff during a Mass which might - I stress might because nothing is certain in sleepy official Catholic circles - prompt the Westminster spin-meisters to do some bog-standard reactive press work.

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Rumblings of discontent about the Catholic Education Service - when are there not? - this time because it turns out that the government's sex-"education" guidelines weren't Balls but Stannard's. The CES's uniquely awful press releases - it's rumoured that the great galumphing Oona insists on writing them herself - are the bane of every Catholic hack's life. Just look at these examples typical of the CES's snoozeworthy style.

3 Comments:

Blogger Laban said...

Was the demo in the style of this one ?

2/17/2010 7:56 AM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

It wasn't all that different.

Put it this way, there were similarly inflammatory placards at the demo (depicting the Pope with a Hitler moustache, for example) and the material on the various LSE coalition websites is also inflammatory, in my view hatred-fomenting and just plain wrong.

2/17/2010 8:09 AM  
OpenID splinteredsunrise said...

As Liam says, sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between a demonstrative gesture and a puerile stunt, and sometimes it isn't.

I think trying to provoke a barney with the congregation at Westminster Cathedral, then strolling off to the Italian Embassy to demand that Berlusconi annex Vatican City, falls into the latter category.

The big problem for the League of Godless Atheists is that they usually rely on the WCPI to provide the warm bodies. That works if you're bashing Islam, but the Hekmatists are not really interested in Catholicism. I suspect Titus will have to ally himself with the DUP and the Orange Order, if he wants a respectable crowd.

2/17/2010 2:34 PM  

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