As the British government brace themselves for yet more protests on the streets of London on the 30th November, Syrian President Assad is to send diplomats to Britain to formally open talks with the public sector opposition movement as international pressure continues to mount against the beleaguered regime of Cameron and Clegg.
Cameron caused outrage amongst the international community this month by suggesting that, this time, he would authorise the use of rubber bullets against protestors. He sought to justify this action, "Last time, when the protests took place on 30th June of this year, some of the protesting teachers were actually seen to be carrying pencils. We simply cannot allow this sort of thing to happen on the streets of our capital in the run up to the 2012 Olympics".
Assad today sent a clear message to Cameron, "We will oppose democracies everywhere that treat their citizens with such contempt. We will impose sanctions against them and we have not ruled out the possibility of taking military action. We must have regime change, it is clear that such tyrants as Cameron and Clegg must be deposed".
Assad's diplomats have been in informal contact with British trade unions for the last three months, the progression of the working relationship opens up the prospect of the unions eventually being recognised as the country's representatives and supplanting the Cameron/Clegg regime.
This development comes as Somalia said that it, too, was ready to work with the British opposition, maintaining that it is too late for the Cameron/Clegg regime to save itself by carrying out reforms. "They have had a year to negotiate pensions and the have done nothing", said President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, "Somalia has a formidable navy, Cameron should not be surprised to see a convoy coming up the Thames on the 30th November to support our British brothers and sisters in their struggle against tyranny".
Some protesters have responded to the regime's crackdown by taking up arms to defend themselves. In the past week, the Teachers' Free Army, the provisional wing of the NUT formed in July from defectors, has mounted deadly attacks on regime targets, including the post offices. "They have been putting stamps on letters upside down, complained an indignant post mistress, "the utter scumbag!" The attacks are the most potent fight back so far, and have exacerbated fears that the country is sliding towards armed insurrection.