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The Flying Scotsman is to be re-named in order to honour Gordon Brown

At last Gordon Brown decided to throw the towel in and resign.

His cabinet colleagues decided it would be a worthy gesture to name a

railway locomotive after him. So a senior 'Sir Humphrey' went from

Whitehall to the National Railway Museum at York, to investigate the

possibilities.

"They have a number of locomotives at the NRM without names," a

specially-sought consultant told the top civil servant. "Mostly freight

locomotives though."

"Oh dear, that's not very fitting for a prime minister," said Sir

Humphrey. "How about that big green one, over there?" he said, pointing

to 4472.

"That's already got a name" said the consultant. "It's called 'Flying Scotsman'."

"Oh. Couldn't it be renamed?" asked Sir Humphrey. "This is a national

museum after all, funded by the taxpayer."

"I suppose it might be considered," said the consultant. "After all the

LNER renamed a number of their locomotives after directors of the

company, and even renamed one of them Dwight D Eisenhower."

"That's excellent", said Sir Humphrey, "So that's settled then .. let's

look at renaming 4472. But how much will it cost? We can't spend too

much, given the expenses scandal!"

Well, said the consultant, "We could always just paint out the 'F'"

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