The Christmas Cards of our Political Leaders
David Cameron's chosen image is partisan, political and frosty. The pinnacle of the Palace of Westminster within the party's logo supplants the Wise Men searching for the Son of God.
The image chosen by the Speaker is indulgent, egocentric boring and bland. No tinsel, tree, frost or holly. The Bercow family supplant the Holy Family.
The image chosen by Tony Blair is surprising: one might have expected such a passionate convert to Rome to have made an effort to draw attention to the birth of Jesus. Cherie and Tony supplant the Madonna and Child.
And the image chosen by Nick Clegg says everything one needs to know about the Liberal Democrats.
His Grace confesses to being a little miserable at the moment, and he couldn't begin to explain why. He regrets using Mr Clegg's card to make a partisan point. On reflection, this was unkind and wrong.
In fact, after pondering all these cards for the day, Mr Clegg's is actually the most sincere - he may himself be an atheist, but his card is the only one to mention 'Christmas' and it is evidently drawn by one of his children. There is nothing 'PR' about it: it is not glossy, tacky, political, partisan or pretentious.
So His Grace was wrong, and he apologises to Mr Clegg.
Merry Christmas one and all, including the Liberal Democrats.