Yes, but hang on, Forces_Sweetheart reckons TB (the Prime Minister rather than the disease, although there is not much to choose between them) is hung like a letterbox (presumably one of the old fashioned pillar box type ones). Aren't you at least curious as to how she came by this piece of int?
Eeuurk!! God knows why I did that. That's an image that'll stay with me all day.
Its a terrible thing to happen to anyone but at 47 years of age surely Mrs Blair understands that having a baby at her age could kill her, as a very learned barrister she must have some modicum of common sense and an understanding for the need for contraception!
Shame that it has all gone quiet on the 'what does John Prescott actually do?' campaign. The Daily Mail got it going and the Tories raised a PMQ but it's all quiet now. He is a one-man reason why no one should vote new labour.
I think his primary role is to keep out of sight, like some hideously disfigured older brother kept in the basement, so as not to spoil the Neu Arbeit image.
The Royal family has to make plans so that the monarch and the heir never travel on the same 'plane; do you suppose that Labour (or is it Labor now) have a department that prevents John Prescott and Cherie Booth/Blair ever appearing in the same camera shot together in case it induces mass nausea across the country?
Sorry about the letterbox missunderstanding FS. I've always thought that her mouth looks like the the header of a combine harvester. The thought of all those independently moving teeth puts the wind right up me!
Exactly the chap; although I was actually thinking more of my own childhood.
At least Prestcott is less of an insult than Keith Vaz or Steven Byers were and, crucially, he is more of a hazard to Neu Arbeit than he is to us. (At least, now that they have woken up to what a dangerous liability he is and won't let him run anything important, like transport - God, what a success THAT was.)
Watching him blunder from cock-up to cock-up gives me hope for the future.
Terrible though a miscarriage is, the truly frightening thing about all this is that although our beloved Fuhrer wants us to trust him with the decision as to just how and when he will sacrifice troops to back up George Dubya's "regime change" mania, he plainly can't even be trusted with something as simple as a condom.
TB can't have "come out" as a Catholic, he was never baptized in the RC rite, and has never undergone the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (converting) which is how an adult is received into the church. In fact, Cardinal Hume banned him from receiving holy communion in the Catholic church because he has never become a catholic, nor made any profession of faith in the Catholic doctrine.
You boys are right but apparently he started openly practising as a Catholic about a year ago and it was in the news. I think his children are at RC schools too ? I'll try to dig the relevant news coverage (not that it's gospel, if you'll pardon the pun).
As Woopert correctly pointed out, that unless you are a Catholic since childhood you have to go through the RCIA and a formal reception into the Church before you can receive communion etc.
In a "mixed" marriage the Catholic spouse has to make a declaration to the effect that they will try to bring any children up as Catholics. I am pretty sure that is the case with the Blair children.
I am pretty sure TB has not been received into the Catholic Church so far. Certain members of the C of E are not happy that "Number 10" chooses the Archbishop of Canterbury. I think they might be even more put out if a member of another church was in the process. (That said, I seem to recall that Maggie was originally a Methodist.)
This is quite interesting and supports your points. It's from the Daily Telegraph in 1998:
The Prime Minister, Tony Blair has been attending Roman Catholic Mass at Westminster Cathedral without his wife and children, it emerged last night.
The Prime Minister, a committed Anglican, has been seen at Saturday and Sunday evening services in the cathedral among the congregation of more than 1,000. The disclosure that he had been attending Mass on his own fuelled renewed speculation that Mr Blair might now feel more comfortable in the Catholic Church than in the Church of England, although Downing Street denied that he was planning to convert to Catholicism.
He already regularly attends Mass with his wife Cherie and their three children, who are Catholics. Leading Roman Catholics last night welcomed indications that Mr Blair appeared to be thinking seriously about his faith and where he should worship.
But there were warnings that, if he were to convert, it could cause controversy and "constitutional awkwardness". The Prime Minister's official spokesman insisted that Mr Blair was not converting to Catholicism. "There are certain parts of a person's public life that should be allowed to remain private," he said. "Whether the Prime Minister goes to church should be a matter for him and his family."
The spokesman added that the question of conversion to Catholicism would be of legitimate interest were it to happen - but he insisted it would not. However, there is concern in Downing Street over any suggestion that Mr Blair is about to convert, given the difficult state of the Northern Ireland talks and the tensions between the Protestant and Catholic communities.
Two members of the clergy at Westminster Cathedral confirmed yesterday that the Prime Minister had attended Mass alone, but said that he had not received Communion. Mr Blair caused controversy before the election when a Catholic newspaper, The Universe, disclosed that he was receiving the Eucharist at a Catholic church in north London and had been doing so for several years.
He was criticised by both Anglican and Catholic churchmen for contravening Canon Law, which states that except in exceptional circumstances, a non-Roman Catholic should not receive Catholic Communion.
Mr Blair attends Mass most weekends with his family near Chequers at Great Missenden, Bucks. He describes himself as an Anglo-Catholic - a High Church Anglican whose beliefs and practices are similar to those of Roman Catholics. It is thought that Mr Blair went to the Sunday evening Mass at Westminster which is often attended by the Duchess of Kent, the Tory MP Ann Widdecombe, Kevin MacNamara, the Labour backbencher, and John Battle, the energy minister.
Other politicians who worship at the cathedral are John Gummer, Chris Patten and Michael Portillo. An authoritative Labour Party source said Mr Blair was "seriously religious" and that he considered it vital for him to attend church regularly. He had gone to Mass on his own because that was the service he normally attended with his family and he was comfortable with it.
Although Britain has not had a Catholic Prime Minister, there is no constitutional bar to Mr Blair converting while in Downing Street. However, Niall Ferguson, a historian at Oxford University, said Mr Blair's attendance at Mass created a "serious constitutional awkwardness" that could affect the relationship between Church and state.
As Prime Minister, Mr Blair makes recommendations to the Queen on the appointment of Church of England bishops. A Church of England spokesman said that there was no reason why Mr Blair's conversion to Catholicism - if it were to take place - should cause the Church difficulties. The Prime Minister's role in appointing bishops was a state, not a religious, duty. "It doesn't make any difference what the Prime Minister's religious affiliation is," the spokesman said.
A miscarriage is normally a very upsetting event for all concerned and in many ways intensely private. Some years ago friends of mine lost their first expected child through a miscarriage. The husband 'phoned round to let us know. This was not for the sympathy vote, but to warn us (who knew of the pregnancy) so that we did not put our foot in it when we next saw them both. As it happened, it was some weeks before his wife felt up to seeing us all again on the social net.
So given that we, the masses, were unaware of the Cherie's pregnancy why did we need to be told? Ephraim Hardcastle in yesterday's Daily Mail wrote:
Why did the Blairs announce the unfortunate news about Cherie losing a baby in "the early stages of pregnancy"? Couples often keep such information to themselves. The BBC's political correspondent Mark Mardell - briefed by Number 10 - suggested it was done to explain why they'd delayed their French holiday. Since we're told virtually nothing about their holiday plans "for security reasons" this doesn't sound very probable. Whatever the real reason, Mrs Blair is elevated into a pantheon occupied by Chancellor's wife Sarah Brown: Women in public life for whom we feel sympathy because they have lost babies.
Surely TB cannot be so insecure that he felt "outdone" by Gordon Brown's misfortune?