One very persistent correspondent has been sending the same email to all MPs for the past few weeks now.
It starts like this:
Only addressed persons should view this letter. All low-level staff does not have right to delete or stop this letter. Please note that it is an unpardonable crime.
Dear Gordon Brown,
Good day to you.
Your Roman Catholic Christian Pope Benedictus – XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) of Vatican City recently remarked that – "Alas! There exists now spiritual vacuum in the world".
"Because, prominent World Leaders like you became utterly selfish people (far, far beyond the normal allowable limits with highly deplorable don't care attitude). Even though I wrote hundreds of letters requesting you to help me to rise up as another World Leader, alas! You always ignored or neglected my letters for the more than last 2 years.
1) For rising up as a World Leader, please give me at least 100 Millions pounds immediately.
Please note that this amount is the minimum amount for rising up as a World Leader. Please note that the amount that I am requesting you to give me now is a far, far less amount than the total military expenditure that you have spent for the last 10 years or so.
2) Provide for free to and fro air-travel today from India to London, without any passport and visa restrictions. Also no security checks please.
3) Provide for free (vegetarian) boarding and lodging.
4) Please deposit 30,000 pounds in my savings account given below (as pocket expenses).
He's not asking for much, is he? And I like the bit about vegetarian board and lodging. If anyone has a spare £100 million (and the rest), let me know and I'll pass on his details.