'I’d like to tell you what went on in the Royal Suite at Terminal 4 last night when Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, met Joseph Ratzinger, the Pope of Rome.
“I told the Pope,” said Boris, “that what was wrong with Britain was that the Roman Emperor Honorius told the Brits in 410 AD that Rome was no longer able to protect them.
“From that time,” said Boris to the Pope, “the British have had a sense of desertion, of confusion, of rejection.”
What did the Pope make of that? I asked Boris. “He looked hunted. His eyes flickered around the room.”
Did he saying anything? “Yes”, said Boris. “He said: ‘Very interesting’.”