Saint Theresa

‘Oh Gosh’ – there is a girlish awkwardness about Theresa May. How many of us, asked about personal naughtiness, could honestly claim that the worst sin we have ever committed was wanton destruction in a wheatfield in childhood? But we should not be surprised. Saint Theresa comes from a deeply religious background. Her father was not just an Anglican priest – if Wikipedia has it right, he was an Anglo-Catholic priest. For those not familiar with the concept, Anglo-Catholics love the ridiculous pomp, ceremony and ritual of the Roman Catholic Church, but just can’t bring themselves to bow the knee to the Pope in Rome. Why they should regard the hereditary monarch of these islands, - (whose sole claim to the job is that she is descended in some way from the man who kicked the Pope out of Britain so he could legitimately satiate his lust for Anne Boleyn), - as a more appropriate spiritual chief than the man who claims to be in direct line of descent from the Apostles, is a moot point. But such is the strange compromise that characterises the Anglican Communion, and who is to say that God is not thus pleased.

There can be no doubt, whatever your politics, that the Blessed Theresa has cocked up royally on the Brexit front. She goes into negotiation with the grandees of Brussels, severely weakened and that can’t be good for the country. But, there is a silver lining to that particular cloud. Many of her other political prejudices are firmly rooted in her father’s faith, and unlike Tim Farron, who recognised belatedly that stuffing his Christian fallacies down our throats was illegitimate, Theresa seems to suffer no such misgivings. In particular, as part of her sentimental attachment to the socially divisive grammar school system, she wants to encourage more new ‘faith schools’. Of course, she does not really mean that. The last thing she (or indeed, any sane person) wants is a proliferation of Muslim schools to indoctrinate a new generation in the principles of religious bigotry, hatred and jihad. What she wants is lots of nice Anglican and Catholic schools teaching nice middle class kids, to recreate the sort of Britain that she and the rest of her blue-rinsed Tory cronies mistakenly believe to have once existed in Merrie England. But a world view based on archaic writings of delusional psychotics, be they Jewish, Christian or Muslim, is not one likely to meet the needs of the pluralist future, and should be rigorously resisted. Indoctrination of kids in the religious prejudices of their parents is child abuse, (something that priests know a lot about). And if Theresa’s weakened political standing means that she will have to abandon her desire to perpetuate and encourage such abuse, then I for one (and believe me, I am no Corbyn fan either), welcome a hung parliament and all it brings with it.