Tony Blair, speaking today, spoke about his recent conversion to Roman Catholicism and his strong belief in God: he also said that he had a strong belief in himself.
Some media commentators interpreted this statement, during an interview on the Piers Morgan’s Life Stories television programme, as Blair stating that he is God.
The broadcast brought an immediate reaction in the United States, where several southern states hosted mass burnings of his autobiography.
Meanwhile, a number of other states established The Church of Tony Blair and built places of worship to him.
During the interview, Morgan pressed him on his political career, during which the former prime minister described his former spin doctor Alastair Campbell as ‘the archangel Gabriel’ and his deputy prime minister John Prescott as ‘the devil incarnate’.
The former head of state also spoke of his love of pop music, joking that ‘New Labour, in their heyday, were bigger than the Beatles’.
This comment brought instant reaction from John Lennon fans in New York, who burned photographs of Blair at the Lennon memorial statue in Central Park.
In next week’s Piers Morgan show with Paul McCartney, he reveals that he was a frog in a previous life, inspiring his number one Frog Chorus record.