As the BBC "ooooopppp North" relocate from the centre of Manchester to Peel Holdings Place, otherwise known as Media City in Salford, the higher-paid executives earning more than the Prime Minister, so derided by the licence fee-payers for not appearing to do much in between their monthly bank receipts and expenses, have shown unusual solidarity.
The first to relocate are Frank Witless, the £360,000 a year director of cutlery in the BBC canteen, Geraldine Hopeless, the £300,000 a year director of fly swatting and Mervyn Minus-Eyeq, £450,000 a year director of self-assembly office furniture who have all declared that thay are more than happy to relocate from their London homes.
Fidelma Expenses, £250,000 a year director of window opening and hinge-oiling, who has already set the pace by relocating, was said to be delighted that some of her senior colleagues had decided to follow in her Jimmy Choo footsteps.
She said that whe was thrilled that Frank, Geraldine and Mervyn would be joining her in her relocation to the South of France.
"Yes. We've all been paid so much thanks to the generosity of the public and the cluelessness of HR over the years that we decided to relocate to France.
"Sod bloody Salford. It's grim up North you know. And besides, I though you said sod hilarity."