Ted Heath's funeral was held on Monday. The Bishop of Salisbury, in his eulogy, said of him:
Ted built bridges between countries and nations, between artists and ordinary people, between east and west, between young and old. No one can doubt his lifelong commitment to Europe, nor for that matter to the unity of the world. In this he exerted his fullest force.I wondered if the Bishop knew that Heath's commitment "to the unity of the world", which "ran like a golden thread through his life", had found expression, in his post-Downing Street years, in a mutually beneficial relationship with the Unification Church. Like some other former government leaders who sought to capitalize on their renown, such as George HW Bush, Kenneth Kaunda, Albert Reynolds, Michel Rocard, Brian Mulroney, et al., Ted Heath regularly attended and spoke at conferences run by various front groups of Rev Sun Myung Moon's mission to unite the world around him. George and Barbara Bush are believed to have earned over $10million from the Moonies. Heath probably received several million pounds from the Unification Church over the years, which enabled him to live prosperously in Salisbury, in the manner a former prime minister deserved.
But just as the Moonies have lost one UK figure willing to profit from promoting Rev Moon as the Messiah, Tottenham Hotspur have stepped into the breach. They've just returned from South Korea, having won the second Peace Cup, which is a front for the Unification Church. Dunno how much they received to participate, but they won the competition with its prize of £2million. The Peace Cup was born of three other Moon organisations - Play Soccer, Make Peace!; the Sun Moon Soccer Foundation; and WANGO, the World Association of NGOs. Spurs have replaced Ted Heath as the UK's biggest recipients of Rev Moon's largesse. Putains!