Drowning Street - (Rotters): Prime Monster Tony Blair has told the annual general meeting of the UK Hellfire Club that the UK is living through a golden age of black arts not seen since the Rasputin era and the fledgeling days of the papacy of Hilter's Pope Pius XII.
Hailing London as the global crucible for 21st century necromancy Blair was in triumphalist mood among Hellfire grandees who have started bailing out the Labour Party after donors to the 2005 general election began calling in their loans following the Met's fraud probe in the cash for peerages fiasco.
"A nation that nurtures the black arts shall prevail against the forces of law and order", he crowed.
"And emerge trimuphant from the bloody mess that George Bush, er...that the evil Al Qaeda enemy... the terrorists! Yes, the terrorists have plunged us into", he told a rapturous audience composed mainly of Prince Philip's creditors, Tory Party alibis and extended family members of the Robert Maxwell clan.
Meanwhile in Chicago the golden age of busted Hellfire newspaper magnate Conrad Black is heading for the precipice of a full scale fraud and corruption trial as the spotlight falls on dozens of his chums who took whopping great backhanders during his days of largesse during the early years of the Blair Administration.
Many of those were subsequently ennobled by Blair as Life Peers and then handily passed on Black's generous baksheesh as open-ended loans to Labour Party coffers.
Political spread betting index Aintgottaprayer.com has reduced the odds on Blair and Brown lasting in office beyond Wednesday 7 March to 11/10FAV.