|The Early Days of a Better Nation|
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Tony Blair's imminent resignation as Prime Minister has led to considerable speculation as to his future role on the world stage, and colleagues say he has long felt that his talents and abilities could best flourish as the Beast with seven heads and ten horns foretold in Biblical prophecy. This has not so far raised problems with his continued membership of the Church of England. Queried about the position of the Antichrist within the Anglican Communion, a spokesman for the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury would only go so far as to say that it is 'something of a theological grey area.' The older confession, however, is known to take a more stringent view on activities such as the pouring out of the vials of wrath upon the inhabitants of the earth.
Through the rolled-down window of his armoured limousine in the Plaza del Fiori, a senior member of the College of Cardinals expressed his concern about Blair's recent private audience with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. 'This in itself could be a sign of the End of Days,' he remarked. 'When the abomination of desolation stands in the holy place, the time has come to flee to the hills.' He then leaned forward and tapped his chauffeur on the shoulder. 'That was an instruction, Luigi.'