"cockbilled"! definitely not
"The vast majority of member states have decided to fly their flags at half mast for different periods in different countries," European Commission spokesman Françoise Le-Bail said yesterday.
"As the Pope was a great European who has contributed to European reunification, the President (of the Commission) considered it be a sign of respect on the day of the Pope's funeral."
Just in case Blair tries to follow suite, I would like to remind you all of Article 37 of the 39 Articles of religion
"The Bishop of Rome hath no jurisdiction in this Realm of England".
The Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, which were drawn up by the church in convocation in 1563. Is still good law in this Kingdom and can be found in any book of common prayer. An Act of Parliament ordered subscription to them by the clergy in 1571. They concern fundamental Christian truths (Articles 1-5), the rule of faith (Articles 6-8), individual religion (Articles 9-18), corporate religion (Articles 19-36), and national religion (Articles 37-39)
[THIS Book of Articles before rehearsed, is again approved, and allowed to be holden and executed within the Realm, by the assent and consent of our Sovereign Lady ELIZABETH, by the grace of God, of England, France, and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, &c. Which Articles were deliberately read, and confirmed again by the subscription of the hands of the Archbishop and Bishops of the Upper-house, and by the subscription of the whole Clergy of the Nether-house in their Convocation, in the Year of our Lord 1571.]
The 39 Articles, were confirmed in and by, the Act of Settlement 1701 and they were consolidated, as fundamental and unchangeable by the Treaty of the Union 1707.
let me reiterate, The Bishop of Rome hath no jurisdiction in this Realm of England.
God Save the Queen