A Canadian tourist landed in Britain recently and checked into a hotel near Heathrow airport in London. He gave the clerk at the check-in desk a £100 note as a deposit then went to take a look the rooms.
While the tourist was upstairs checking the rooms, the desk clerk called the hotel manager who took the £100 note and rushed off to the local tax office to pay his VAT bill.
The official at the tax office took the £100 note and dashed over to the town hall to pay the property taxes for the VAT office building. Due to a strike at the Central Accounting Division in Whitehall, the British government was in arrears in its local council taxes.
The clerk at the town hall took the £100 note and sped to the offices of the Union of White Collar Workers to pay the union dues for the town hall branch of the union.
The Comrade-in-Chief of the union jumped into his brand new Bentley and drove across town to the hotel to pay off the £100 still owing on the bar bill from the last union convention at the hotel.
The desk clerk at the hotel accepted the £100 note and laid it down on the check-in desk just as the Canadian tourist came back downstairs.
"I don't like your rooms" said the Canadian tourist who picked up his £100 note and left to find another hotel.
Nobody earned any money that day, but everybody in town paid all their debt. Prime Minister Gordon Brown expressed his delight at this encouraging sign of a bright future for the British economy.
"Comedy always works best when it is mean-spirited" - John Cleese
Author John Corby also writes as "Bulldogge" for the British Canadian newspaper.
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