The Liberal Democrats appeared to throw in the towel last night after boy magician Harry Potter told the world he would no longer magic up votes for them.
A senior party member told the spoof politics correspondent "Thats it! Game over for us - no more sitting at the top table with the big boys - its back to village council meetings deciding on the size of garden fences. The coalition was meant to last five years, but we are already being shouted down and ignored on policies that we promised to stand firm in from our manifesto".
During the lead up to the 2010 general election Potter, 21 from Hogwarts Academy, had waved his wand and performed a miracle in making Nick Clogg seem a credible alternative from posh boy DelBoy Cameron, and grumpy scot Gordon Bennett.