In these constrained and politically febrile times, Nick Clegg’s team have ensured that the letter ‘X’ will be financially secure until at least 2011 as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
Speaking on the hard-won concession from their Tory majority partners, Clive Donne commented that in recent months many within his party had shown concern that this key consonant would be over-looked in Treasury discussions.‘Obviously, we have a lot of people leaving the Lib-Dems because of our coalition arrangement with the Conservatives’, said Donne. ‘As ex-members the last thing we wanted is for them to feel excluded and for that in turn to push them towards extremist parties’. To balance this, Donne confirmed that the letter ‘X’ would be ring-fenced. 'In keeping with our Liberal principles, we have to protect this letter for future generations of reality television programmes or late night smut channels'.
Sadly, the knock on effect may be renewed pressure on the letter ‘i’ and Donne says that at the moment he cannot promise that the New Year may see the loss of i-pods, BBC i-player and the scaling down of the game eye spy from school playgrounds.