Me and Jim were very much in the minority when we suggested an all out nasty tricks campaign against the Covenant involving playing on the natural xenophobia of the English. But there was no need for us to have worried. The opposition has told every conservative (with a small "c") member of the Church of England laity (which is most of the membership) for us, that they are going to be told what to do and think by Africans. And to add the icing to the cake he has said that anybody who doesn't want to be told what to do and think by Africans is a "Little Englander" and member of England's leading fascist party. The laity in the shires are not going to like that - not even the Little Englanders and fascists among them.
From THE TELEGRAPH:
Church leaders are discussing proposals for a landmark agreement intended to prevent splits in the world-wide Anglican Communion over controversial issues. Churches across the world would undertake not to act in a way likely to upset fellow Anglicans in other countries under the deal. But critics of the plan, which is known as the Anglican Covenant, claim it would cede control over the affairs of the Church of England to a foreign authority for the first time since Henry VIII. (Erm, didn't I say that?)
However, the Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Rev Gregory Cameron, who was on the committee that drew up the covenant, described the opponents as “latter-day little Englanders”. In a letter to the Church Times, he said the two groups had “turned themselves into the nearest to an ecclesiastical BNP that I have encountered”.
He continued: “They resort to the old tactics of misinformation and scaremongering about foreigners and outside influences to whip up a campaign against the Anglican Covenant and replace reasoned argument with a ‘Man the barricades!’ mentality that is little short of breathtaking”.
COMMENT: My idea - breathtaking? What a compliment!