His Grace's predictions for 2014
His Grace has developed something of a reputation for being 100 per cent accurate in his New Year predictions. It is, supernaturally, one of the advantages of existing incorporeally in the ether. While His Grace does not quite know perfectly or see God face-to-face (though he did bump into Thomas More last week - just in from Purgatory), the dim reflections in dark mirrors are certainly fewer. In celebration of His Grace's astonishing prescience, he offers the following predictions for 2014:
The Coalition will survive another year.His Grace thanks all of his readers and communicants for spending another year upon his august blog of religio-political discussion and erudite debate. He wishes you all a happy and blessed 2014.
The UK will remain a full and compliant member of the EU.
Ukip will do very, very well in the Euro Elections.
The UK will be visited by more than a few Romanians and Bulgarians.
There will be wars and rumours of war (especially in the Middle East).
Some Christians will leave the Middle East.
The eurozone will experience further turbulence (but the moon won’t turn red).
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will receive some bad press from The Times.
The Telegraph will prophesy division within the Church of England.
Pope Francis will satisfy some and disappoint others.
In England, some homosexuals and lesbians will get married (not to each other).
Scotland will vote 'No' in their referendum for independence.
Alex Salmond will declare victory for having secured further powers from Westminster.
Ed Miliband will announce some new policies.
Islamists will make the pages of the Daily Mail.
Some brave British troops will sadly die in Afghanistan.
There will be a Royal engagement (for a wedding, that is; not to attend a function).
Israel will continue to be portrayed as a pariah state.
Taxes will rise and people will die.
Some politicians will receive knighthoods.
So will some political donors.
Jesus will not return, and the Government will remain upon David Cameron's shoulder.