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Sunday, 6 November 2011

The power of the establishment

Last night, our village, like many others, held a bonfire. One of the largest landowners in the village, a Catholic, and his tenant farmer, also a Catholic, negotiated with three members of our Parish Council, respectively a Catholic, a druid and an atheist over the siting of the bonfire where we would burn the effigy of the Papist conspirator. Hundreds of people traipsed through the garden of the third Catholic, paying their admission and buying hot dogs, mulled wine and soft drinks. The proceeds were counted by another Catholic and a Methodist and the profits were donated to ..... the local Church of England church.

That, dear reader, is the power of the Establishment.

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