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Angry with Welby? Join the queue


IT was with breathtaking hypocrisy that the Primate of All England, Justin Welby, attacked the government’s plan to send illegal cross-Channel migrants to Rwanda.

In his Easter Sermon, the Archbishop condemned the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Home Secretary Priti Patel for ‘sub-contracting our responsibilities’ as ‘opposite of the nature of God who himself took responsibility for his own failures’. He was joined by Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York, in the chorus of condemnation.

Yet British etiquette dictates that when you arrive somewhere you join the back of the queue. We wait our turn, as many legal migrants have being doing for some considerable time whilst they wait for their applications to be processed. How must they feel to see vast numbers of illegal Channel crossers, having stumped up several thousand pounds to pay criminal gangs in a safe country such as France, foist themselves uninvited on the creaking welfare system of this country?

Presumably the archbishops don’t subscribe to the time-honoured British tradition of forming orderly queues. Cutting in is perceived by most people as a terrible crime, lacking in respect and fairmindedness. Their Graces and their friends in the media fail to recognise the outrage in the country at large, preferring instead to condemn the policy which seeks to break the business model of the evil trade in people.

Dr Welby has nothing to say on the pressures of social cohesion involving illegal immigrants from cultures unaccepting of gender equality and homosexual rights. Only last year, he denounced the Anglican Primate of Nigeria, Henry Ndukuba, for describing homosexuality as ‘a deadly virus’ that should be ‘radically expunged and excised’ as incompatible with the Anglican Communion. Dr Welby’s comments were endorsed by the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of London.

By preaching to their metropolitan, liberal, Left-wing echo chamber, Anglican bishops are simply out of touch with their dwindling adherents in the pews who, it has to be said, they don’t appear to like very much. The feeling is mutual.

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Victoria Baillon
Victoria Baillon
Artist, smallholder and part of the forgotten middle!

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