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No more coppers

Congratulations to the financial boffins at Virgin Money for coming up with the idea of a 99p coin to free us from unwanted coppers and save the nation 133m in discarded change.

The Diary notes that the idea recently reared its head as an election pledge in the 2005 “manicfesto” of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party.

Has Richard Branson been lunching with party leader Alan “Howling Lord” Hope?

If so, maybe we will see Virgin Money backing other OMRLP policies such as: opposing the euro but inviting all European countries to join the pound, taxing rich people for printing money because they use most of it, and giving tax credits to nice people, but imposing a “total b*****d” tax on everyone else.

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