I know that the British People's Alliance is being viewed very favourably at or near the top of the Catholic Church in this country; I arranged that myself. I am frequently told by people whom I trust that Rome itself is keeping a benevolent eye on us. And I am also now informed that the great and the good of the Church of England are doing likewise. I am delighted to hear it. "Pro-life, pro-family, pro-worker and anti-war" is of course exactly where all these people are, even if the Anglicans tend to be a bit quieter about the first two parts (although that is now very visibly changing).
But on both sides of the Tiber in this country (I don't know about the city through which the Tiber flows), there is apparently concern at our opposition to the EU. I cannot imagine why. There is nothing forward-looking about the EU. It is now far too large, and on the brink of collapse. No one would vote for us if we supported it.
More to the point, I know of no seriously Catholic (or seriously Socialist) political movement which is in favour of it; on the contrary, suddenly becoming pro-EU is always a key part of pulling up a movement's Catholic (or Socialist) roots. The institutions of the Jacobin Republic of Europe subject us to the legislative will of Stalinists, Trotskyists, neo-Fascists, neo-Nazis, and various other undesirables. The President of the Commission is a classic neocon: a rabidly "free"-marketeering and pro-Bush product of the Maoist insurrection that brought down Lusotropicalism and the Encyclicist Estado Novo, a hugely successful, if sometimes (though necessarily) heavy-handed, Catholic bulwark against Communism, Fascism, and civil war between the two.
Mention of Lusotropicalism brings me to the vitally important fact that our patriotism is Commonwealth patriotism. Support for the Commonwealth, and therefore opposition to the EU as threatening to break it up (and as, from its inception, an integral part of military-based American hegemony and of what has become globalisation), is absolutely key to the Christian-based Old Labour tradition of which the BPA is now the expression.
Our concern for white working-class ties to Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and for Afro-Caribbean ties to the Queen's Realms and the British Overseas Territories in the West Indies, strikes me as of rather more obvious interest to the Anglican hierarchy than support for an arrangement which, among other things, threatens pro-life and pro-family provision in Ireland, Poland and elsewhere, as well as pro-worker provision everywhere, with talk of a standing army (under overall American command) into the bargain.
Yes to the Commonwealth. No to Chiantishire and Cape Cod elitism.
Yes to Christendom. No to the EU.