Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The intervention of Vincent Nichols is special pleading

The intervention in the welfare reform debate of the (Roman Catholic) Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, is not as disinterested and impartial as it might seem.

There are of course several old families in England which are Roman Catholic, and there are many English people who have converted to the Church of Rome.

But the vast majority of Roman Catholics in England come from the Irish or Polish immigrant communities, and as immigrants (and their descendants and dependents) take an unreasonable interest in the National Insurance welfare state built up over generations by genuinely English people.

Currently these Irish and Polish communities are experiencing an unprecedented influx of new immigrants as the Irish Republic and Poland are unable to provide adequately for their populations.

Therefore is it not the case that the intervention of Vincent Nichols is special pleading on behalf of Roman Catholic immigrants who in any case have arrived in this country against the wishes of the majority.

Perhaps I might be allowed to talk directly to the (Roman Catholic) Archbishop of Westminster and say:  you and your church are interlopers.  It was not so long ago that your Irish parishioners were setting off bombs in English cities (and if you think all that is forgotten and brushed under the carpet you are very much mistaken).  You need to curb your arrogance and sense of entitlement and stop politically intervening in a society that at its most basic level does not belong to you.

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