taxpayer to stump up £20m for Pope visit

  Seth Haniel 15:55 01 Feb 2010

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"The taxpayer in this country is going to be faced with a bill of some £20m for the visit of the Pope. A visit in which he has already indicated, he will attack equal rights and promote discrimination "

"We have a petition online where people can make clear their opposition to the state funding of this visit. If the Catholic Church wishes its leader to come here, it should pay for the visit itself."

  peter99co 16:01 01 Feb 2010

The Pope was formally invited to visit the UK by Prime Minister Gordon Brown last February. Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy also invited him to visit Scotland.

Let them pay!

  Quickbeam 16:02 01 Feb 2010

Send for Walsingham, he'll get the pope to stump up.

  john bunyan 16:19 01 Feb 2010

This wont be popular :
"If the Catholic Church wishes its leader to come here, it should pay for the visit itself."
Agreed but it is a bit strapped for cash in Ireland and USA over the costs in payouts to victims of paedeophile priests! I bet he won't mention that , nor why married Anglican priests can become Catholic priests but those who come in as Catholics must remain celebate.

  john bunyan 16:22 01 Feb 2010

to anyone offened - posted in haste.

  sunnystaines 17:14 01 Feb 2010

ask him to postpone it to after the recovery we cannot afford him right now

  Hercule Marple 17:47 01 Feb 2010

Wonder if that 'deranged' woman who knocked him over will be on holiday in the UK during his visit.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:56 01 Feb 2010

As the Pope is unlikely to be here before September Gordon may (probably) won't be around then. :0)

Religion and Politics are both mentioned in the forum rules so be careful what you post or the FE's silver mouse will be getting a lot of use. ;0)

The "Pope Train" was started to be prepared a few months ago (Nov), as the Germans own the company that is doing the work its not costing the British tax payer anything.

The highest cost is likely to be policing the visit.

  Al94 19:17 01 Feb 2010

If this his attitude click here i'd tell him to pay for it himself or bog off!

  Al94 19:20 01 Feb 2010

Just had a thought - maybe he's going to personally visit this Northern Ireland Bishop! click here

  zzzz999 07:21 02 Feb 2010

Good to see the old catholic hating ways haven't left many, quite disgraceful some of the comments on here. To use child abuse as a way of scoring cheap points is staggering.

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