In a shock turn around senior members of the government have suggested to farmers that they can take a leaf out of their book and deal with the threat represented by badgers via a coalition.
"For sometime we were ourselves threatened by an annoying little predator called the 'Liberal democrats'" explained Secretary of State Owen Paterson, after checking the name on a card handed to him by an aid, "but in just a few years by accepting to "work with them" we have made them completely inoffensive and expect to have completely wiped them out within four years."
According to the proposal launched by the Conservatives farmers should invite badgers into their homes and give them some minor duties to perform around the farm. The badgers could ultimately be expected to forget who they are and find themselves pouring concrete into their own sets and organising fights with packs of dogs to entertain their new masters.
A representative of the badgers calling himself Nick said that he was exited by what he thought could be a real opportunity for the badgers. "The farmers have even offered us the chance to have a referendum on the future of the woodland." he smiled confidently.