"Even the Queen's going to set fire to her homes, just to get the insurance money."
The words of the satirical character and MP for Haltemprice, Alan B'Stard on the subject of a deep recession in the late eighties.
I recall another episode in the series, when B'Stard is instructed by the Chief Whip of the Conservative party to lose the General Election for them, as the shambolic state of the nation's economy was such that they would rather not be in a position of winning at the polls. Instead they would instead prefer the opposition to win, so that they could be blamed for the full social consequences of any necessary austerity policies and would be out of power again within five years.
It does all rather sound like Deja Vu these days!