In his annual budget speech, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alastair Darling has announced that spoof stories will now be subject to a 25% levy. In a desperate bid to kickstart the economy, the Minister has spotted an excellent source of revenue. He sees it as a 'cash cow'.
In an exclusive pre-budget interview with In Seine News, the Chancellor is said to have said;
"I cannot believe that I have not seen this before! Here we are day after day providing material for evil minds to completely twist the stories emerging on the BBC news website and other media outlets. Indeed some of the stories written here are more believable than our own party policies, besides, there are some good ideas out there and I may just use one or two."
However, the TheSpoof.com's owner, Mark Lowton is said to be very angry at the decision. In a telephone conversation to In Seine News today he said:
"this is a very, very sad day for satire and parody and that if the writers will have to pay to have their stories submitted, then I don't think they will even bother. The points system has worked well for many years and provided sufficient motivation for them to submit stories. Unless I can devise a way in which Google can subsidise the duty, then I fear that I shall have to close down the site."
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