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Written by zygruntee

March 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm

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Are the latest labour MP sleaze allegations really that bad?

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Probably not, at least when compared to the expenses saga that we thought would never end but perhaps it may finally be the catalyst for much needed parliamentary change.

For me, I never liked Byers, Hoon or Hewitt but then again there are very few labour MP’s I would call career politicians at least in cabinet.

It seems to me that this is nothing new, probably been around since the rise of big business and lobbying but we know it’s wrong so why does it still go on?

I say pay them from the tax purse and ban sponsored contact with lobbyists or enterprise.

Written by sanchezdemarcos

March 23, 2010 at 9:06 am

Papal apologies won’t wash…it’s time for his head to roll!

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Back in 1998, after having apologised for the Inquisition, the following statement came from the Vatican: “The church cannot cross the threshold of the new millennium without pressing its children to purify themselves in repentance for their errors, infidelity, incoherence and slowness.” (Cardinal Roger Etchegaray)

As the threshold was crossed we know that the Catholic Church continued ‘pressing its children’. The Pope has apologised to victims of child sex abuse by priests in Ireland. This is said to be the first pastoral statement of its kind by the Vatican on the sexual abuse of children. This is bullshit – In his papal order Horrendum, Pope Pius V (17 January 1504 – 1 May 1572) said that priests who abused children were to be stripped of the priesthood, deprived of all income and privileges and handed over to the civil authorities. 

Let’s be avin ya then!

The papal noncio in Dublin has used diplomatic immunity to refuse to collaborate with the investigations into clerical child abuse. Victims have been offered pay-offs (relatively tiny amounts that would have Michael Jackson turning in this grave) in return for confidentiality agreements. A secret order called “Crimen Sollicitationis”‘ ordered bishops to swear the victims to secrecy and allow the offending priests to jog  on to another parish. It has emerged that when Ratzinger was Archbishop of Munich, one of his paedophile priests was “reassigned” in this way. He claims he didn’t know. Yet a few years later he was put in charge of the Vatican’s response to this kind of abuse and demanded every case had to be referred directly to him for 20 years. What happened on his watch, with every case going to his desk? The BBC’s Panorama studied one of many such cases. Father Tarcisio Spricigo was first accused of child abuse in 1991, in Brazil. He was moved by the Vatican four times, wrecking the lives of children at every stop.

A few years ago this same nazi youth pontiff had to apologise for his anti-Islamic gaffe where he quoted a medieval emperor, calling Mohammed “evil and inhuman”. This sparked calls for his head which at the time seemed as absurd as Jihad against Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. However, now we must all surely join hands in demanding the Pope’s head!

In his public address in St Peter’s Square yesterday, he had the gall to cite the gospel passage about Jesus inviting those without sin to cast the first stone toward an adulterer. Surely this is beyond shamefull and is simply intolerable?

A state visit to the UK is planned for September 2010, for which the taxpayer is going to be faced with a bill of some £20m for the privilege.

There is an online petition opposing the papal visit here: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/ProtestthePope/

This doesn’t go far enough. We should demand that he handed over to the authorities for crimes against humanity as soon as he steps foot here.

Written by tree2one

March 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm