Amid cheers from the government benches, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced in the commons yesterday that he has put down a deposit on a new Transit van.
The move is hoped to be a kick-start to the economy and is seen as a first step on the road to Britain's industrial recovery.
In an interview with the press afterwards Mr Osborne said " This is a tough time for the country and I have been racking my brains for weeks to find a solution to the economic stagnation that has been gripping Britain. The Bank of England and the CBI tell me that things won't improve until sales in the manufacturing sector increase, and so I thought that I would start the ball rolling by buying a new Transit. The wife is a bit upset as she wanted a Range Rover, but sometimes you have to put your country first".
The short-wheel-based Transit beloved by builders and plumbers is expected to be delivered as soon as Fords have bought all the bits needed to bolt it together.