The Observer has often been accused of cosying up to New Labour, but surely addressing Gordon Brown in the manner of a major religious leader is taking things a little far.
Visitors to the paper’s website will find the lead story in Oliver Marre’s Pendennis column begins with the following words: “Has His Holiness Gordon Brown…”. Axegrinder went to the hard-copy version in search of an explanation. It appears part of a headline from another story, about the Dalai Lama, has somehow been transposed. At least Gordon has done better than Tony Blair, who was a mere vicar in Private Eye’s St Albion Parish News.