Platell’s People: Will no one rid us of these Lefty priests?

Why was I not surprised? As the nation mourned the death of Captain Sir Tom, a beacon of hope and humility in a dark world, we were hit by a thunderbolt from a trendy, Church of England clergyman.

The Church specialises nowadays in sermons seen through the prism of the sanctimonious Left.

But the Reverend Jarel Robinson-Brown outdid himself. ‘The cult of Captain Tom is a cult of White British Nationalism,’ he declared on Twitter. ‘I will offer prayers for the repose of this kind and generous soul, but I will not be joining in the “National Clap” [for him].’

The Church specialises nowadays in sermons seen through the prism of the sanctimonious Left. But the Reverend Jarel Robinson-Brown outdid himself.

And so another large portion of the Church of England’s flock will have turned their eyes to Heaven, and declared they’d had enough.

If there is one thing the CofE really does not need when it is haemorrhaging churchgoers — down by up to 20 per cent in the past decade — it is clergymen such as the Rev Robinson-Brown attacking the values they hold dear.

Where does the Church find these people? This man had made his views clear repeatedly — he’d attacked the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Home Secretary Priti Patel and other Government ministers as ‘Oppressors’. 

And yet he was given the coveted position of curate in the oldest church in the City of London, All Hallows by the Tower.

I’m all in favour of him expressing opinions when appropriate. But his declaration on Captain Tom was so loaded with anger it makes a mockery of the Christian doctrine of love.

Clergymen are at the heart of this country’s history — why else do the novels of Anthony Trollope or programmes such as The Vicar of Dibley strike such a chord? 

As the nation mourned the death of Captain Sir Tom, a beacon of hope and humility in a dark world, we were hit by a thunderbolt from a trendy, Church of England clergyman.

Britons took to the streets to mark Cpt Tom’s passing with a nationwide clap – nurses gathered outside University Hospital of North Tees to join the applause

They are figures of tradition and continuity and pillars of the community — a bit like Captain Tom in his way. 

Posturing curates such as the Rev Robinson-Brown ignore this at their peril.

The Diocese of London accepts the comments were ‘unacceptable, insensitive and ill judged’. They say a review is under way, and that the Rev Robinson-Brown has deleted his tweet.

But the damage is done. A few more congregants will bid their farewells. And another nail has been hammered into the CofE coffin.

It’s not the Ritz, but… 

Male asylum seekers who found their way here and are now housed in old Army barracks complain it’s cold, the food is so bad they refuse to eat it and that they are confined in a ghetto.

What did they expect . . . apart from free housing, benefits, instant access to the NHS, the right to bring their families, etc?

Dare I say, if barracks conditions were worthy of our fighting troops, surely they are good enough as a stopgap for people fleeing persecution in their homelands.

Olivia’s the won that I want 

Olivia Newton-John takes on woke complaints that her 1978 movie Grease is all about white people — and that, even though it’s one of the most successful Hollywood musicals ever, it’s misogynist and racist.

‘We need to relax a little bit and just enjoy things for what they are,’ says Olivia Newton-John regarding woke complaints over Grease 

‘I think it’s kind of silly,’ she says, ‘the movie was made in the Seventies about the Fifties, it’s fun. We need to relax a little bit and just enjoy things for what they are.’

Whatever next? Will Jaws now have to declare the man-eating shark also ate women?

Westminster wars 

  • Keir Starmer stood close to his wife Victoria outside their front door as they clapped for Captain Tom, while Boris and Carrie placed themselves two metres apart in Downing Street. Surely the PM and his fiancée are in a bubble and can stand together, or is there something they’re not telling us?
  • The National Care Association says that up to 20 per cent of staff in care homes are refusing the jab, mostly from BAME backgrounds. Surely if care workers, whatever their backgrounds, refuse to be vaccinated, they must be prevented from working closely with our most vulnerable citizens.
  • The London School of Economics predicts that after Brexit, the cost to Scots of leaving the Union would be up to £2,800 per person. Let’s see how that little haggis Sturgeon explains bankruptcy to her voters if she gets a referendum and wins independence.

Swampy and son 

Legendary eco-warrior Swampy says he’s proud his 16-year-old son Rory has joined him underground in the illegal and dangerous tunnels dug beneath Euston Square in protest against HS2. 

Any other father who placed his child in this kind of danger would be visited by child protection officers.

I should be so canny 

Kylie Minogue’s spokeswoman has quashed rumours the star is engaged to her boyfriend of three years, GQ magazine executive Paul Solomons, insisting: ‘They are happy as they are.’

Kylie Minogue’s spokeswoman has quashed rumours the star is engaged to her boyfriend of three years, GQ magazine executive Paul Solomons

Good luck to the canny Aussie songstress, who through a triumph of true grit and an abundance of talent has amassed a £60 million fortune and is still coining it at 52.

Perhaps she learned from another pop princess? 

After Madonna divorced sometime movie director Guy Ritchie, she paid him almost £59 million — enough to leave any successful woman Spinning Around with regret.

Salute brave MP’s cancer fight  

Former Tory Sports Minister Tracey Crouch, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, posted a picture on Twitter to remind us of World Cancer Day, urging us to check our ‘bits and bobbins’ and sending her ‘love and strength’.

With only tufts of her blonde hair left after treatment, Tracey Crouch could not have sent a more powerful image. A very brave lady, we salute you

With only tufts of her blonde hair left after treatment, she could not have sent a more powerful image. A very brave lady, we salute you.

NHS staff deserve a stiff drink 

Well done supermodel Naomi Campbell for giving 600 food gift bags to thank NHS staff at a South London hospital where she grew up.

But I was surprised by ‘bottles of virgin Bellini cocktails’.

Why give frontline workers a non-alcoholic tipple, when what they need after a gruelling 12-hour Covid shift is a stiff drink?

Row over Archie’s birth certificate 

An unseemly row broke out over who was responsible for the change to the original birth certificate for Harry and Meg’s son Archie — in which mum’s Christian names, Rachel Meghan, were dropped so it simply read Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.

For one who prides herself on her humble beginnings, you’d have thought Meghan would want her real name on such a document. 

But only as long as the Duchess title remained — Netflix wouldn’t be paying her millions if she was just Rachel Meghan Markle from Canoga Park, LA. 

Golden Globe nomination for Diana actor 

After playing Diana in The Crown, Emma Corrin is nominated by the Golden Globes in the category of Best Actress in a TV drama. 

They may have got the tiaras and the frocks right, but Emma shouldn’t get the gong — her simpering, sexless and powerless portrayal of the Princess had all the pulling power of a fridge magnet.

Kate’s cats are turned into clickbait 

With no current movie roles, the actress Kate Beckinsale has turned to Instagram where she is a hit posting pictures of her pedigree moggies, dressing them up as dinosaurs and Mad Hatters.

Her cat Clive is taken on a walk strapped to her breast in a baby carrier. 

I once dressed up my old cat Jim in a Princess Leia Star Wars outfit, complete with white gown and a strap under his whiskers fastening those famous hair buns.

Despite his age, he ripped it to pieces and didn’t speak to me for weeks.

Cats are noble and dignified creatures, not online clickbait for ‘resting’ actresses.

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