11 March 2015

A Tale of Two Tom English's

Tom English, 2010:

'These people purported to defend the Pope's honour in the wake of the toxic e-mail sent from Dallas's computer at Hampden. These are people who jumped on the bandwagon by declaring themselves insulted and offended by the lampooning of the Holy Father, who demanded that Dallas be sacked for a supposed act of sectarianism that grossly disrespected their faith and the head of their church. On Friday, this righteous flock turned into a baying mob and in that moment we saw their duplicity in all its ugliness. For these people, the Dallas e-mail wasn't an affront, it was an opportunity, a chance to hound a man they have had a grudge against for years and an association they've harboured bitterness about for generations...
'It was not about them being offended by an e-mail or having had their faith insulted, it was now about "the fall of the Hun empire", about "Who's next to be sacked ye corrupt bastards?", about revelling in what guy called a "gloatastic day". In effect, they were using the Pope as a pawn in their game.'

Tom English, 2015: