This is list is ridiculous. The whole process of making such lists is silly. It must have been a slow news day at the BBC.
What about Harris, the mad bomber of World War II?
What about Edward Longshanks?
What about any number of the Plantagenets (many of them my ancestors!)?
The other side of the coin is that the whole process of picking saints is silly. Let God judge, and let not men try to second guess, or usurp Him. Anyway, the faithful should not be praying for intercession to dead people.
Oh goody. The daily Catholic bashing thread.
Longshanks was one of the strongest kings England ever had and a very good one from English perspective.
He was knighted. In the autobiography of the mathematical physicist Freeman Dyson, he talks about how he did statistical work for Bomber Command during WWII. It was discovered that a lot of British airmen were losing their lives because the escape hatch from their planes was not quite large enough to accomodate a man who was wearing a parachute. Dyson and others pointed out that enlarging the opening by only two inches would solve this problem, but their suggestion was turned down.