The Treasury has announced a GBP3bn package designed to prevent the production of a sequel to the hit movie “Mamma Mia!”
“With the economy sorted out, we needed something to do,” Chancellor Alastair Darling told MPs. “After the credit crunch, Mamma Mia is the most serious threat to the welfare of the British people that we have faced, and we have resolved to do everything in our power, which isn’t much, to alleviate that threat.”
The Government’s plan includes a new tax on music of Swedish origin, legislation against sequels to films based on musical plays without sequels, and tough new regulations about the number of times Meryl Streep can appear in British cinemas.
“It’s outrageous,” said Conservative shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve. “Since she found out that they might make another Mamma Mia, Theresa May has been cheerier than ever, whistling Waterloo and jigging away to Dancing Queen. And David Cameron – well, you wait until the next Prime Minister’s Questions. It’s going to be just fabulous.”