Those wags at Inside Housing are in the April Fools Day Spirit clearly, with their news that Grant Shapps will release a cover of the Clash’s ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ to coincide with the Housing Benefit cuts.
Good joke, to highlight again a deadly serious issue for thousands of families.
A friend told me a few minutes ago that there’s a text going round saying that Gaddafi is arriving in Newcastle this morning for talks. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley thinks he’s a new cheap centre forward to replace Andy Carroll.
But the best April Fool hoot this morning was Lord Freud on the Today programme. He made me lol by saying that the government has put ‘a lot of money’ into local authorities to enable them to help people facing housing benefit cuts. The government is making housing benefit payments ‘realistic’ he said. It took me a minute to realise what the date was.
What a card the man is. And what a fun way to start the new financial year.