Every so often the public surprises an established class by a great display of public grief for a figure who has died. The funeral takes on the quality of a demonstration. One such occasion was the funeral of Cardinal Manning--an unlikely public hero, you would think, if you read about him today: the old Harrovian Archdeacon of Chichester who converted to Rome and became a man who in his rigid religious orthodoxy was almost more Catholic than the Pope.

But Manning was a political radical, and when the dockers went on strike, causing the possible ruin of themselves and their families...

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