Monday, 4 April 2005

Blair to postpone announcing the date of the general election

As a mark of respect to the late Pope John Paul II, the PM will postpone announcing the date of the next general election until Tuesday 5th April 2005.

By constitutional convention, the Prime Minister must seek permission from the Sovereign in order to dissolve parliament. However, Blair will attend Westminster Cathedral to pay respects to the late Pontiff.

I'm not Catholic (or even Christian), but I don't know what to make of John Paul II's death. I suppose he did some good, even though I disagreed with his opinions in regards to abortion.

The Prime Minister considered that it would have been “disrespectful” to stick with his original plan to name polling day, expected to be May 5, less than 48 hours after the Pope’s death and with so many Catholics still in deep mourning.

Heh, hasn't anyone told Tony that the United Kingdom isn't a Catholic country? These 'mourning Catholics' are a minority of Christians in this country.