A cabinet minister was looking for help online last night after becoming embroiled in the expenses scandal. Mr Clarence Hopkins, a labour MP, asked the followers of his Twitter account to come up with an excuse which might sway the general public in his favour.
"I've just had three cappuccinos and a Yorkie bar… my mind is a blur"- he wrote on his blog- "I need some help coming up with a plausible excuse or my ass is toast." Other bloggers were told to go to Mr Hopkins twitter account and post an entry. The best excuse winning a wide screen plasma TV paid for by the taxpayer with the runner up getting an electric toaster.
The best excuse posted last night was "an error in my expenses" with "a slip of the pen" and "startled by a passing raven" coming close in behind.
Mr Hopkins told this writer that "I felt in this modern age it is a good thing to get the public involved in their own duping and at least if I can get a few people involved with the spin doctoring of the labour party it will be like a beautiful ray of light at the end of a dark narrow tunnel of deceit."
Gordon Brown has let it be known that he would accept 'error in my expenses' as a plausible excuse but he was unavailable for comment as he was waiting at No10 for the delivery of a new wide screen plasma TV.