To replace State funded and establishment humour the Conservative Party have put forward the exciting idea of the BIG JOKE.
In future all humour will be created by volunteers. This will save huge amounts of groaning and stifled yawns and should transform the Government's image with the electorate.
However, retiring General Secretary of The Raving Loonies Party, Bill Scrap, said that with the cuts in his funding and the harder job of cracking jokes in the economic downturn, the Government had made life more difficult for humourists.
Cabinet Secretary for Big Ideas, Sir Bamledon-Etonsnob OBE etc etc, tried to explain the Government's Big Joke policy. 'We wanted to give the impression we were doing something useful whilst we cut everybody down to size, don't you know?'
I replied in the negative.
'Take this Spoof thing' Etonsnob continued 'frightfully good stuff all written by public spirited volunteers. Take that hairy arse character who goes by the mysterious title j.w. - always coming up with unadulterated crap. What more could you want?'
But I warned the honorable member that the voluntary joke sector was in need of laughs and in these troubled times this becoming more and more difficult.
'Jokes, like everything else must take their share of the austerity measures. We're all in this together. You will understand that one day when you grow up.'
'But money is needed.'
'Yes and here it is. This will help you along.'
'But you won't be saving the Government money through the cuts now'.
'No that's the BIG JOKE!!'