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Ten Downing Street, where earlier today Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to 
explain himself to the media and a confused public, all gathered outside his house after 
what has come to be called “the all-new night of the long knives” and “the most extreme 
reshuffle in living memory”.

“Tough times call for big men, big men who make tough choices, tough choices that incorporate hard mannerisms in unafraid ways.” Diddy Dave intoned meaninglessly, flanked by a duo from the children’s animated show ‘Peppa Pig’; the eponymous piggy herself and Peppa’s workaholic compatriot, Miss Rabbit.

“And that is why I have decided now is the time to bring fresh blood into my team by ‘rebooting’ the entire front-bench and getting
past those ‘trust’ and ‘loathing’ issues that proved a big deal with so many.” Cameron went on as the friendly cartoons either side of
him grinned and waved their agreement. “We've identified the two main sources of this problem; Liberal Democrats, and anyone in
the Conservative Party who isn’t me. That’s why I’ve appointed Miss Rabbit here as my new deputy Prime Minister, while Peppa has
received the keys to Georgie O’s old place. Number eleven, just over there.”

“Everyone with children knows that Peppa is a pig of the people. She brings all races, nations and species together with her positive
message and friendly smile.” Cameron went on, voice rising emotionally. “This pig is exactly what our country needs in times of austerity, poverty, starvation and suicide by benefit change. Let no one allege I could be 
anti-women, not ever again. Even if these ladies aren’t human, together Peppa, the rabbit and 
me, will turn this country around. Thank you, no questions.”

Along with the famous bunny and her sidekick, other cast members from the popular show have been 
‘headhunted’ by Cameron, his inner circle now including Zoe Zebra - who takes over from a beleaguered 
Iain Duncan Smith at the Department of Work and Pensions - and Tiddles the Tortoise, who is said to 
be a shoo-in for Secretary of State for Education, replacing the much-reviled Michael Gove. 

Meanwhile Theresa May has seen her leadership ambitions destroyed in an instant, having been relieved of her duties as Home
Secretary, with Edmond Elephant awarded the job instead. Finally, Vince Cable (left) was reportedly “extremely surprised”
to come in this morning and find the new incumbent at Business, Innovation and Skills, Simon Squirrel, studying briefs
while secreting nuts around the room.

“I detect the dread hand of Lynton Crosby in all this.” Parliamentary blogger Ephremia Backslide told Home Defence via Twitter, blaming 
Cameron’s political strategist and self-styled ‘master of the dark arts’. “Everyone in Westminster knows Lynton diagnosed George 
Osborne as Diddy Dave’s biggest problem. I initially thought the reshuffle was just to get rid of him, but Crosby must have decided this 
was the perfect opportunity to get rid of all that dead wood holding them back. Which turned out to be pretty much everyone.”

“It’s a clever move, if you ask me.” Miss Backslide (right) continued. “Not only does the government see a positive ‘bacon bounce’ in the 
polls, but the threat from Ed Milliband and Nigel ‘not a racist’ Farage has now been nullified. After all, you can’t slag off these much-loved 
characters in public. The under eights simply won’t stand for it.”

“Some pundits have claimed that replacing the entire front-bench halfway through a term of office is a haphazard way of running
government.” Ephremia confirmed. “But a great deal of thought has gone into these appointments. Peppa, for example, created
a multi-million pound empire from scratch; one that incorporates branded jewellery, bed linens and bathroom products,
amongst other tat. There’s also the ‘Peppa Pig World’ theme park at Paultons, Hampshire which, by all accounts, is utterly
dreadful, if extremely lucrative.”

“Meanwhile our new deputy PM, Miss Rabbit, possesses enormous ‘real world’ experience. She has previously worked as a
helicopter pilot, firefighter, ice cream sales-rabbit and car crusher, and all without even going to Eton, what with being a rabbit
and all. Her background should help Miss Rabbit connect with the little people, even if 
she does display an unnerving tendency to pop out babies with little or no warning.”

Few now spare a thought for those men left on the scrapheap of history, including Nick Clegg, Francis Maude and Danny Alexander, 
while Iain Duncan Smith is due to sign on later today and discover if he’s entitled to Jobseekers Allowance, or will, instead, be forced 
to work at Poundland for free. Meanwhile, some see the reshuffle as the last gasp of a desperate, borderline mentally ill P.M., 
something that Young Conservative and Lynton Crosby’s intern, Simeon Blurtneet, was quick to deny.

“Something had to be done about the perception of the Tories. The public sees them as dishonest, sleazy, wildly inept and
essentially unsuitable for office.” Mr Blurtneet told us. “And with Conservative MPs defecting to UKIP every day, noisy backbenchers
challenging Cameron and Nadine Dorries’ return from the dead, it was time to wrestle back the initiative.”

“Diddy Dave prioritises loyalty above all else.” Simeon went on. “Say what you like about putting two-dimensional farm animals in
government, they’re unlikely to start a leadership challenge or betray him over Europe.”

“Cameron and Crosby also have an eye on voters of the future.” Blutneet asserted. “Peppa’s extended family plays well in the 
three-to-seven demographic, and her fans can only get older. In a decade or two they’ll be Conservative voters, and we’re already 
seeing similarly positive results from this reboot.”

Blurtneet concludes: “Kids won’t let their parents vote for anyone but ‘The Peppa Party’ come election day, and bleeding heart lefties 
can’t go against their offspring. They won’t lie to kiddies then head out to vote, not without an attack of conscience. We believe mums 
and dads will back whatever policies Robby Rabbit, Chloe Pig, Mrs Cat and the others endorse, if only to keep the ankle-biters happy.”

Indeed, with early polls showing support for the governing ‘Pig-alition’ jumping to 100% among harassed parents everywhere, Cameron and
company expect to gain an overall majority at the general election, which will lead to a record number of non-existent, animated creatures
representing the interests of British constituents, both locally and in the European Parliament, by 2015. 

However, reports that London's Mayor, Boris Johnson, was replaced with a cartoon version of himself several years ago, but that nobody
actually noticed until now, could not be confirmed as HDUK went to press.  
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