Get this. Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, the head of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales, has said that just as communism had died with the collapse of the Berlin wall in 1989, so in 2008, 'capitalism had died' with the credit crunch.
He made the claim (was he having a laugh?) at a lavish fund-raising dinner at Claridges attended by rich donors who were pledging hundreds of thousands of pounds to the catholic church.
Is anyone actually taking these sorts of statements seriously? If so, all it does is reveal their profound lack of understanding, or indeed the extent of their wish-fulfilment fantasizing. Even the Times, when it ran the obligatory piece some weeks ago asking various commentators whether Marx had been right after all, had the sense to place it in the frivolous T2 section.