Pakistan's traditional effigy makers have given British Prime Minister David Cameron the thumbs up today, after his allegations that the country was actively promoting the export of terrorism saw a huge upsurge in effigy sales.
With the streets of Karachi burning with prime-ministerial effigies, Cameron's diplomatic stance couldn't have come at a better time for mannequin maker Qamar Mehmood: 'From the tribal districts to the intelligence agency headquarters, the orders are flooding in,' he told fellow artisans at an Islamabad business seminar. 'We're clearly in a position to benefit while Cameron's foreign policy goes up in smoke.'
'Our straw and sacking suppliers can barely keep up with demand,' he revealed. 'It's just like the Bush/Blair days all over again.' Shares effigy manufacturers, which plummeted following the election of Barack Obama and the publication of Britain's Afghanistan withdrawal timetable, have skyrocketed over the weekend, allowing big companies such as the Baluchistan Western Imperialist Lackey Co. to kickstart their planned expansion into the UK Guy Fawkes market.
However cottage industry effigists like Mehmood remain cautious despite the burgeoning market. 'This is only a short-term boom - all it takes is a behind-the-scenes apology and a multi-million dollar aid package for the floods to sweeten the deal and the orders will dry up. What we need is some good old-fashioned outrage against a NATO invasion of Iran or somesuch to shake up the market - can't President Ahmadinejad kidnap some more British sailors, stone a toddler or nuke Israel or something to start the ball rolling?'