The Arch Bish of Cant (careful how you pronounce that) considers that the EU is humanity’s greatest achievement since the Roman Empire.
It is to him:
the greatest dream realised for human beings since the fall of the Western Roman Empire
This is a ridiculous intervention on several levels.
Primarily it is plainly quite stupid for a man in his position to make sweeping statements about matters of contemporary politics which are quite so remotely detached from spiritual considerations. I don’t recall the noble bish being quite so loquacious on the subject of the Irish referendum abortion (sorry I got those words the wrong way around) where it could legitimately be argued that there is a fairly obvious moral aspect where guidance informed by God’s wisdom and infinite goodness might very well be appreciated.
On the other hand the Bish’s understanding of international commercial and treaty law and convention is probably even less than the abysmal standard set by members of cabinet, the HoL, the press and the BBC to name but some.
For this reason alone a period of silence on his part would be most welcome.
And then there is the mindbogglingly fatuous idiocy of his comment. The last 200 years have seen the greatest increase in human well being in history. Economic, religious and political freedom and democracy for all are paid at least lip service in virtually the entire world and in vast swathes of the world are, to a reasonable approximation, also real.
Diseases that in living memory killed millions of babies and other innocents are now treatable and in some cases have been wiped from the face of the earth.
The bish might argue that microbes are God’s creations as well but I don’t think that is what he meant.
People are happier, richer, healthier and live longer, more fulfilling lives than ever in history, thanks to these now widespread freedoms.
But all this counts for nothing compared to the sclerotic, anti democratic, freedom-killing monster that Brussles has become?
I have rarely heard anything more idiotic.