Moors and Christians
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels - a local feast in Pollensa, Mallorca, near where we stayed recently. In the days before we left the locals were putting out the flags. I was alarmed to see a crescent moon and star on a yellow background at windows and balconies. I feared the population were becoming Mahommedans.
Thankfully not. I asked what they were in broken Spanish and a kindly local woman told me about the 'Moors and Christians' battle that takes place. There is Mass in the morning and in the early evening a battle takes place with much gunpwder, mock fighting with wooden swords and scimitars and the consumption of a great deal of alcohol. The Moors always lose. It finishes at 9.30pm when the locals repair to the beautiful parish church for the singing of a solemn Te Deum in thanksgiving for the defeat of the Moors. It is not an event likely to appeal to the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales or the Department of Communities and Local Government.
The are similar events earlier in the year in Valencia.
Given the current idiotic, craven policy of appeasement of Islamists in this country, it will be a long time until we sing a Te Deum for a Prime Minister who has the guts to stand against barbarians.
Certainly not this one, and probably not the next one either.