As the MPs Expenses Claim Crisis rolled relentlessly on today, news emerged about the circumstances surrounding the purchase made by the Conservative MP for Wells, David Heathcoat-Amory, who spent more than £380 on horse manure.
Mr Heathcoat-Amory told Tory leader David Cameron that his frittering-away of taxpayers' cash was for the best reasons in the world, in that, he had learned that UK economists had spied little green shoots in the economy - and he decided to sprinkle manure on them!
The economic downturn has now taken hold, and is crippling businesses up and down the land, so when Mr Heathcoat-Amory learned that there were signs of recovery in the soil, he immediately went down to his local garden centre to purchase the horseshit, with, of course, only the country's best interests at heart.
Said Mr Heathcoat-Amory:
"I had just enough horseshit left over to come up with this ridiculous story!"