Disorientated establishment promotes Popemania

Mike Macnair examines the results of Ratzinger's visit

Press coverage of last week’s papal ‘state visit’ has been characterised by what can only be called ‘popemania’ in the Tory press. Large numbers of column inches have been given over to the visit. The success of the events has been enthusiastically hyped. Objectors and protestors have been marginalised, and with them discussion of the international Catholic Church child abuse cover-up has been relegated to - as it were - a footnote. And the columnists have poured out an aggressive anti-secularism. To round the story off, David Cameron praised the Pope’s visit and ideas as providing support for his own ‘Big Society’ campaign of privatisation and cuts.[1]

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