Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to be given a tiny steering wheel, just like Maggie from The Simpsons, while David Cameron is answering Prime Minister’s Questions.

Mr Clegg is understood to be absolutely delighted with his new wheel, which he can use to turn left and turn right in accordance with prevailing government policy. ‘It gives me a real sense of power,’ said an excited Mr Clegg ‘and it even has a little horn which I can honk, but only if Dave says it is safe to do so.’

‘The wheel was a crucial part of the coalition agreement,’ said Mr Cameron, ‘and it is great to think that while I am up at the dispatch box dealing with important matters of state, Nick can sit behind me with his steering wheel and still feel part of the action.’The original inspiration for the wheel came from the popular TV show, The Simpsons. ‘As soon as Nick saw that baby Maggie had a steering wheel, he wanted one too,’ said a Downing Street source, ‘we even managed to find him a nice yellow one to match his tie.’

‘The steering wheel is a clear sign that Nick is influencing government policy,’ said Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes, ‘when I look across at the government benches and see the wheel come out, I know that we are really making a difference.’

Other Liberal Democrat cabinet members have also been issued with their own tiny toys. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has a Fisher Price shop till while Business Secretary Vince Cable regularly sits in a Wendy House rocking backwards and forwards with his head in his hands.

Nick Clegg will unveil his new steering wheel at the next Prime Minister’s Questions. ‘This government is all about giving power back to the people,’ said Mr Clegg, ‘I want everyone in Britain to feel the same sense of power as I do when I honk my little horn.’

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Pope Benedict XVI has described the new coalition government between Nick Clegg and David Cameron as ‘an abomination’ and ‘an insidious and dangerous threat to society.’ Speaking to pilgrims at the shrine of St Jan of Moir, the patron saint of prejudice, the 83 year old pontiff declared: ‘same sex coalitions are clearly proscribed in the Bible. Leviticus states that it is wrong for a man to ally with another man, even if it is in the national interest.’

The Pope’s comments are expected to cause serious tensions when he visits Britain in September. ‘His Holiness will find it difficult to deal with two men whom he knows are actively engaged in sordid and unseemly acts of coalition,’ said Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. ‘He may refuse to shake their hands and I very much doubt if he will let either man kiss his ring.’

In a joint statement, David Cameron and Nick Clegg said: ‘obviously, we are disappointed that our civil partnership has not received the blessing of the Pope. Coalition between two consenting adults is perfectly natural. Ours is the love that dare not speak its name. The deep, profound and beautiful love of two men for power.’

Opinion polls show that the British public are divided over the morality of same sex coalitions. ‘What these people get up to in smoke filled rooms is a matter for them,’ said London cabbie, Richard Littlejohn, ‘what I can’t stand is when they start parading themselves around in public and trying and shove it down our throats.’

Scholars continue to debate what the Bible actually says about coalition. Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams said: ‘much of the text is open to interpretation and when it was written people did not fully understand about coalitions. However, I should point out that Corinthians 6:9 also denounces fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, the effeminate, thieves, the covetous and drunkards – which probably rules out most of Parliament.’

When asked whether the Pope might reconsider his position, a Vatican spokesman said, ‘I very much doubt it. His Holiness strongly disapproves of same sex coalitions but he really hates the idea of Con-Dems.’