Backtracking to the budget
Chancellor Gordon Brown was today accused of trying to deflect attention from his budget by impersonating prize-winning author J.K.Rowling's prize-winning creation, Harry Potter.
Here we see him pretending to cast a spell on opposition leader, Michael Howard to turn him into an animal. One Labour MP was heard to mutter "Well, Tories are pigs anyway so I doubt anyone would notice the difference" whilst another speculated on whether Michael Howard would automatically be transmuted into a bat...
Number 11 Downing Street was unwilling to comment at length this afternoon, making only a brief statement to insist that the chancellor had simply been making some very expansive gestures about fiscal prudence. They would neither confirm nor deny that he had read the Potter books.