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30 May, 7 tweets, 2 min read
There are a LOT of people discovering right now that English Catholicism has a habit of quietly ignoring the crappy bits of the rules when nobody is watching.

Not as much as it should, because it depends on how decent the priest is, but more than most realise.
Having the medieval version of Boris Johnson do a Brexit on your churches tends to leave you somewhat pragmatic about how you practice your faith.
Bluntly: I've been in Anglican churches that are more "Catholic" than most Catholic masses I've been in, in England, during my life.

As a kid, most of the chats I had with my local priest were when he was out in the car park fixing his motorbike and we cycled past to the park.
The first time some priest threw holy water over me was at an Anglican mass, and I panicked a little because I thought the roof was leaking.
I've always found it fascinating how, even today, little bits of the post-reformation anti-catholic hysteria cling to the British public consciousness.

We are NOT a persecuted group by ANY stretch of the imagination. But it causes the odd bit of amusement.
People are sometimes legit surprised when I mention I'm a Catholic.

As if they expect us to all be wandering around wearing rosaries trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
And on that note, btw, bet you Anglican fuckers are regretting not letting us Catholics blow up Parliament now, aren't you?

We weren't wrong. We were just waaaaaay ahead of our time.

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Remember this every time Shapps/Boris make a BIG SIGHING NOISE about funding TfL in the pandemic:

1) The gov DEMANDED TfL be funded by fare revenue. Boris agreed as Mayor
2) The gov DEMANDED full service patterns rn
3) They've given MORE cash to regional rail with no conditions.
So if you're outside London, thinking "well this is just bloody London getting more money than the rest of us yet again."


You know how they're fucking the northern cities? They're doing it to London, too.
And that's the ENTIRE reason they push this narrative

Because they want you to think of us as "them." Their absolute worst case nightmare is people in Manchester, or Blackburn or in any of the other cities they're fucking realising that London isn't your enemy. We're your ally.
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Okay. Let's talk incumbency and why Johnson isn't cursed with.

For a new PM of an existing government party to be seen as an incumbent government, they have to represent some kind of continuation of the ideas and policies of the previous PM.
Now traditionally this has always happened at least partially, because the new PM has either come from the same wing as the old one.

Especially in the Tories, where rebellions tend to eat the candidate that kicked them off, with a continuity candidate of sorts winning.
The two notable instances of this NOT happening in British politics in the last 70 years or so are both in weird extreme circumstances:

Churchill (who then led a National Government anyway) and Boris Johnson.
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One of my friends has just admitted to me that he had to get his cat its own prayer mat to avoid issues during Ramadan, which I absolutely love and is the most cat thing ever.
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This is 100% one of those things thats like:

"Oh wait. Of COURSE this would be an issue"

Once you stop and think about it for even a second.
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Everyone forgets that there was a DEEPLY shit TV series remake of Passport to Pimlico in the 90s, which focused on how funny it would be if one shit little town in England decided it didn't want to be in the UKEU etc.

I think about that a lot.
I have at various points tried to track it down, just to horror-watch it again, but with little luck.
The two leads were the rabble-rousing woman who owned a shop and led the town in standing up against elf and safety gone mad etc. etc.

And the civil servant sent to tell the town to stop being silly who magically fell in love with her and decided the town had a point.
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Me when we FINALLY get to the action I did. Napoleon looking resplenden...
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Yeah. But can they implement it? No evidence of that so far.

Politics junkies get hung up on who had the idea. But people (rarely) vote for someone just HAVING certain ideas. They vote for whoever they think is most likely to get that idea DONE, or whoever did it already.
Which, again, is why letting Johnson reset the incumbency clock with an election was the biggest fucking electoral mistake of a generation.

And we'll all be paying for it for some time.
But ultimately, if the Tories SOMEHOW managed to bring about a LEGITIMATE economic lift in the north, and build enough houses to make home ownership real for future generations, then fair fucks to them.

Get's that one out the way. Brilliant.

Now let's deal with climate. etc etc
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