On Friday it was reported the government is moving 'Northern Powerhouse' jobs to London. The Mirror reports:
"The Government's 'Northern Powerhouse' department is to shut down its office in Sheffield, moving 247 jobs to London in a blow to the credibility of George Osborne's pet project. And a dozen more regional offices of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills - including six in the North of England - are at risk of closure as the department moves to centralise policy staff."
It would be tempting to declare ‘you couldn’t make it up’ or brand such a ludicrously self-defeating plan 'beyond parody', but on this occasion that wouldn’t be true because satirical news site the Daily Mash made up this very story last November:
"The best place for the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ scheme is probably in London after all, the government has announced. The massive investment project for Northern business and infrastructure will now take place in the capital instead, making it easier for government ministers to visit and find a decent restaurant."