Ian Hislop on Private Eye as a small publisher: "It softens the blow of some of our legal bills"

"St Albion Parish News" in Private Eye has won what, for a satire with a Church of England theme, is the highest possible endorsement. The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is among "the most avid fans" of the column, according to the Observer.

The column, which portrays Prime Minister Tony Blair as a smug and unconvincingly matey vicar, occupies a prestigious slot in the Eye. The journal's previous Prime Ministerial satires have been "Mrs Wilson's Diary", "Dear Bill" and "The Secret Diary of John Major", all of them hugely popular. The last two became bestselling books: one of...

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