VATICAN CITY, April 29
Michelangelo would not have made it in the fashion industry. In the pouring rain on an unseasonally cold day in Rome, the Gilbert-and-Sullivan gaiters and spats of the Swiss Guards, designed by Michelangelo in uncharacteristically garish taste, luridly striped in two-inch bars of blue and yellow, were liberally spattered with mud from the limousines of visiting dignitaries.
James Delingpole of Breitbart London, Marc Morano of Climate Depot and Monckton of Brenchley and Climate Change Weekly presented their credentials at the South Gate of the Vatican.
We had gotten ourselves accredited as journalists to cover the latest climate change conference jointly organized by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences.
That had been a comic operetta in itself. I had submitted impeccable credentials some days previously but had had no reply. We visited the Press Office of the Holy See (open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. sometimes) and asked why there had been no acknowledgement.
“Ah, well, we only answer applications that request a reply.”