Grinding out an Easter editorial is perhaps the most tiresome chore for leader writers. What can there possibly be that’s new to say? Every year we’re bowled up the same lame stuff about the challenges and consolations of faith. “Now, more than ever”, “in these troubled times”, “the pressures of modern life”, “this special time of reflection”, “the power of love”, blah blah blah.

There’s no deadline pressure because the task of writing these annual doses of drivel can be tackled well ahead of publication. The content only needs to be timely, not topical. The odds of all those plodding paragraphs suddenly being rendered redundant by the Second Coming are pretty slim. Likewise, the arrival of Armageddon. The end of the world would also be the end of The Word.