Tina Beattie, Professor of being Catholic

What does the Big Book of Magic Stuff tell us about Brexit? Leavers were clearly thinking about the Tower of Babel while remainers were equally clearly thinking about Pentecost. I think this explains a lot.


3 thoughts on “Tina Beattie, Professor of being Catholic

  1. Another cowardly performance by Beattie. Does she not realise that what she has to say about Brexit is of no interest to the listeners. What we want to hear is three minutes worth of her response to the news her church is generating such as the specious and atrocious views of the pope such as this one …


  2. @Brian, little chance of that, I fear. Beattie was brought up as a Presbyterian and drank the RCC Kool-Aid when she was in her 30s. That means that she voluntarily signed up to all the dogmas of the RCC when she was a fully-grown adult, assumed to be of sound mind and capable of rational decision-making. She would be incapable of even having a single critical thought about Papa Frankie, let alone expressing it on TftD.

    As it is, all she had to offer was some commonplace views on why people either support or oppose the EU. Bringing the Tower of Babel and Pentecost into the discussion added exactly nothing to our understanding. Indeed, she over-simplified the pro- and anti-EU positions in order to make them fit into her Biblical worldview. And of course she had no idea how to reconcile the pros and antis, although I expect her religion would somehow find its way into her answer, if she had to give one.


  3. Utter bilge – and on the old scale ‘Highly platitudinous.’

    For a start, her mis-matching of the Babel fable and the EU was obvious for anyone to see. According to her the people were doing so well as a unified group that the IMF feared what they might achieve and so confounded their works. This is, presumably the same IMF that Beattie and her ilk also like to praise for ‘his’ inspiration of scientific discovery, all kinds of exploration and enquiry, cultural progress etc. etc. Yet here ‘it’ is scattering a people because they’ve shown how much they are capable of doing when united. What was ‘it’ scared of?

    Plus, I don’t think there was much Icelandic, Aztec, or Aborigine being spoken ‘in tongues’ at the Pentecost (sorry for any anachronism there, but you get the point). Everyone knows that different languages developed amongst different people, and then continued to develop as those peoples mixed and traded and inter-bred. The etymology of English is of course an excellent example, and the language continues to develop – and in doing so is both uniting people, and creating discrete groups. It’s all so much more interesting and exciting than the impoverished nonsense of Tina’s BBOMS.

    And – I don’t think the British exit from the EU has anything to do with differences of language. I voted ‘in’ in 1974 (or was it 75), because I wanted closer links with all the diverse cultures (and language) of our European neighbours. I’m still disappointed that that didn’t really happen, and that the UK kept looking the other way, across the Atlantic, instead.


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