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No No Popery?

Burn him in a tub of tar
Burn him like a blazing star
Burn his body from his head
Then we’ll say old Pope is dead

If the UK government ever gets around to actually passing its proposed anti-religious hatred laws, perhaps tonight may be the last chance to see “anti-Popery” banners, and to witness the Pope being burned in effigy – both of which are hallowed traditions in Cliffe at Lewes, East Sussex.