David Cameron has announced a new strand to his emerging foreign policy. In an attempt to foster relations with Latin America - he has sent his deputy, Nick Clegg, to be used by the trapped Chilean miners to check for areas which might be contaminated by carbon monoxide.
"I would have loved to help" Said the British PM"But I am really quite busy running the country. But then I thought, canaries used to do this job. Now we don't have a canary to spare - but canaries are yellow and the Lib Dems colour is yellow and I do have a Lib Dem I could send."
Nick Clegg said he was looking forward to the trip: "Being in government is not always glamorous - but look, as I;ve already shown I will do anything to be in power and risking my life in a futile public relations stunt, in South America, pretending to be a canary - well that's just part of the job. You can;t be a coal-ition without helping miners, now can you?"