Wednesday 8 September 2010 3.31pm
The Pope should be treated as any other State Leader,
Well, possibly not entirely, imho.
If we're saying that The Vatican is a state, then TP should be treated with approximately the same amount of pomp as, say, the leader of San Merino or Andorra.
I'd have thought that TP's main claim to fame would be as a religious leader, rather than as a state leader. In which case, I'd expect him to be given the same sort of reception as, say, the Dalai Lama or similar.
[And love him or loathe him, I'd advise uprated suspension on the Popemobile, or a thick cushion, if he's planning to cross Lambeth Bridge
at any speed on his driveabout. It's quite bumpy across there for an old bloke.]
...if you press it, they will come.