MP Sir Saint Bernard Top-hat is a Treasury Minister who has for many months been calling for greater budget cuts. In recent days though, he has changed his mind and says the government should be spending more money, not less.
Critics have attacked him for making such a blatant U-turn. Opposition MP John Sacktrousers said that the change was so clumsy that it was like "a seven-point turn executed by a half-blind pensioner". Fellow minister Charles Silvercodpiece described the policy change as being like "going into reverse gear, and it's illegal to go into reverse gear on a major road."
Other MPs have defended Sir Top-hat by saying that the policy change is more like "going onto a roundabout and then leaving by the same exit that you entered on". "
Sir Top-hat has attempted to justify his change of policy by saying that cars are not a suitable vehicle to use as a comparison. Policies, he claims, are more like trains which can drive in either direction. They go from one station to another and then come back again without turning around.
All parties then agreed that this was the most suitable metaphor for describing government economic policy, and retired to the lounge for brandy and cigars.