David Cameron has shocked his colleagues by deciding to support the suggestion from Education Secretary Michael Gove that the Nation should buy the Italian cruise liner 'Costa Concordia' as a present for the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee.
Initially Cameron had thought the use of £60 million in this way would be contrary to the atmosphere of austerity he has been encouraging but a word from Prince Charles has caused a dramatic U Turn.
Charles told a thoughtful Cameron that the gift of a liner to the Queen would be a lovely surprise - 'She could go on a cruise with 500 flunkies as a retirement present. This would allow me to take over and follow in her footsteps, just as Coming Un took over from Coming Ill in North Korea.'
A Cabinet meeting is due to make a final decision shortly. Fierce lobbying from millions of unemployed young people, who have the effrontery to suggest that the £60 million could help them find jobs, has been dismissed by a Cabinet sauce as 'typical student politics'.