Caroline Spelman, Minister for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced a radical new proposal to reintroduce hippies into certain parts of the United Kingdom.
Following the success of similar measures involving beavers, ospreys and red squirrels, the coalition government is determined to push ahead with this latest innovation.
Spelman made the startling announcement at a press conference yesterday, held fittingly in the middle of Stonehenge. "While this project will undoubtedly provoke some protests, we feel that it could have a positive effect on local communities all over the country. There are many small businesses that have been struggling of late due to the downturn , but I feel that the re-establishment of hippies in villages and small towns will kick start their economies by increasing the demand for hand made goods such as necklesses, multi coloured headbands and wind chimes. Food producers should also benefit from the anticipated demand for hummus, alfalfa seeds and granola bars".
Spelman continued "We also believe that the reintroduction of hippies will also regenerate the countryside by reclaiming many derelict buildings that have been unoccupied for decades. We anticipate that thousands of outhouses, sheds and barns will soon be the hub of vibrant communities and that this development will also create a big boost for suppliers of musical instruments, kaftans and tie dye jeans."
When asked whether the government had any concerns about the possible increase in the use of hallucinogenic drugs, the minister replied "Like, Wow...."