Ministers today shelved plans to downgrade the F-Word to a class B expletive. Under recent plans, the word would have joined Bollocks and Shite in the class-B category. Tim Minge, assistant to the Home secretary explained the dramatic U-Turn.
"Several issues were discussed at a recent meeting, the downgrading of F**K was one of them. It was eventually decided that now was not the time to tamper with the present legislation."
The bill had attracted huge amounts of media interest, notably from religious leaders. They demonstraated their outrage at the plans during a march on Westminster in February. Around Four Thousand protesters from various religious factions packed out parliament square.
A jubilant Rowan Tott, Head of the pentecostal army, couldn't hide his elation as news of the decision filtered through.
"This is a great day for mankind. The sinners evil plans have been thwarted by the force of good. If this bill had been alllowed to pass through, our Lord Jesus would have turned in his grave, if indeed he hadn't already made a miraculous escape a couple of days after he'd been crucified."
The furore surrounding this story looks set to run though. a backbench rebellion will attempt to re enter the bill in the summer.