So the PopeÃ‚Â comes to the UK next week & ACPO are saying the visit will cost the UK police Ã‚Â£1million to Ã‚Â£1.5million. I think that’s probably quite cheap or a huge understimate. It must have cost much more than that when the last Pope visited, judging by the amount of police officers drafted in from all over the country who had to travel to Coventry & be accomodated for 2 days.
I’m not a Catholic but I have no problem with him visiting the UK & somebody has to foot the bill, but since he is not a guest of Strathclyde, Lothian & Borders, West Mids or the Met police I think the government ought to cough up the cash. It will probably come out of the force budgets & they’ll have to sack even more staff to cover the cost.
I won’t be seeing the Pope this time, I’ve already seen him, twice. Well, to be fair I’ve seen two Popes, once each.
Back in 2006, almost to the week, I posted my name-dropping Pope story, when I met the Pope in 1982. Then I managed to have an audience with his Eminence in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican earlier this year. Well, me & a few thousand other people. It was quite a special moment even for a heathen such as myself. I have another Pope-related story but I might save that until next week.
In the meantime, I was pleased to see that the England Cricket team beat Pakistan by an innings & 3 wickets next Sunday.