For reasons that strongly suggest that he has never read any Catholic national newspaper except The Tablet (which isn't really a Catholic newspaper at all), the new editor of the Northern Cross, a monthly newspaper owned by the Catholic Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle and distributed hardly if at all except on church premises, is refusing to print the following letter of mine:
Here in North-West Durham, there is to be an all-woman shortlist to choose a New Labour candidate in succession to Hilary Armstrong. This constituency has an exceptionally large Catholic population. Yet all-women shortlists are effectively controlled by the organisation Emily’s List, which requires support for abortion on demand up to and including partial birth. The New Labour candidate is bound to be of that view.
So there needs to be an alternative candidate: a pro-life, pro-family, pro-worker and anti-war candidate who is absolutely committed to Distributism, to the Catholic interest in public service provision, to the Catholic interest in foreign policy, and to the Christian heritage of this and other countries.
The Independent vote last time, one third of the Tory vote, half the Lib Dem vote, and one third of the Labour vote add up to more than the remaining two thirds of Labour support. In short, this seat can be taken.
We need a captain in each parish, who will know where our vote is and who will get out that vote. We need to start organising now. Anyone interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, we only need to be the first past the post. But we need to get our act together without delay.
Look out for if it ever does see the light of day. If not, then the one thing guaranteeing this largely Catholic constituency a partial birth abortionist for an MP is the collection-plate-employed liberal wing of the Catholic Church.
The editor's name is Andrew Smith, and he can be contacted on email@example.com - do feel free to BCC things to my address above. No sender's name will be used should any be so good as to warrant reprinting here.