A Christmas Party at 10 Downing Street, with David Cameron hosting the leaders of most Trade Unions, resulted in a few carols and presents all round.
'This is great fun!' exclaimed Cameron afterwards 'I've been telling the chaps all about Eton. They found it very entertaining. Then we swapped jokes about Nick Clegg and Vince Cable. Hilarious stuff. These guys have a marvellous sense of humour.'
But it was not all fun and games. Bernard Braden, TUC General Secretary warned Cameron things could get nasty next year. 'We have have seen from the students just how ineffective we have been. In future, be warned, we will be backing Ed Miliband in his attack on the Liberal Democrats.'
He asked David how he could work with those turncoats. 'I had little choice, my old friend. You see, let me explain the political situation in simple words. The Tories didn't get a working majority at the election so we had to add on these LibDems to make up the numbers.'
Several Union leaders complained about cuts and unemployment.
'I see you have been misled' Cameron responded 'we all know that the financial crisis brought about by the Labour Party had to be dealt with. It was no use going on with the same old policies. You see, my friends, we needed to get spending under control and that could mean short term unemployment for a few people.'
'Short term' thundered Brendan 'we shall have misery until the next election!'
'Not at all' replied David 'six months before the next election we will use the money we have saved to put down taxes and increase public funding.'
'And should you win?'
'We will rely on you, my friends, to help us build a prosperous Britain.'
Union leaders were at one in praise of Cameron's superb educational approach. 'He must like us, he's invited us back for another fireside chat at some time in the future' said Brendan 'you can tell he's really one of us. A spiffing fellow, don't you know.'