I can't quite understand the fuss about the remarks of one of the Pope's advisers, Cardinal Kasper, who reckoned that arriving at Heathrow was like landing in a third world country. Readers of this blog will know that I have been saying that for years (Terminal 5 excepted).
In general Heathrow airport is a disgrace, and as a country we should be ashamed of the impression it gives to people coming to England for the first time.
The shame of it is that these remarks have been used as a means of joining the chorus of intolerant fools who believe that the Pope's visit should have been banned. I am not a religious person at all, but Catholicism is the faith of more than 10% of our population, I believe. It is a Christian religion and we are still - nominally at least - a Christian country. I don't agree with many aspects of the Catholic faith and approach to social issues, but those who call for this visit to be banned demonstrate exactly the kind of intolerance they accuse the Catholic church of.
I'm rather glad I am out of the country, though, for the whole of the Pope's visit. I suspect we are about to see a side of some people which will be very ugly indeed.