Civil Service ‘plans’ for the Pope’s visit

April 25, 2010

The Foreign Office has had to apologise 8642404.stm for a civil servant’s memo that set out some ‘blue skies’ thinking on possible activities for the Pope’s visit in September. Ideas included:

  • Pope branded condoms
  • Blessing a gay marriage
  • Apologising for the Spanish Armada

Good celebrities to include in the event were considered to be SuBo and Tony Blair; bad celebrities Wayne Rooney (imagine the conservation!) and Richard Dawkins.

It sounds like a piss take – and i’m sure that on most levels it was – but i’m not sure what to make of the fact that the memo (so before it was it leaked) included a statement having to point out it was a ‘brainstorm which took into account even the most far fetched ideas’.


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