At last Gordon Brown decided to throw the towel in and resign. His
cabinet colleagues decided it would be a worthy gesture to name a
railway locomotive after him. So a senior Sir Humphrey went from
Whitehall to the National Railway Museum at York, to investigate the
We have a number of locomotives at the NRM without names, a
specially-sought NRM consultant told the top civil servant. Mostly
freight locomotives though.
Oh dear, thats not very fitting for a prime minister, said Sir
Humphrey. How about that big green one, over there? he said, pointing
Thats already got a name said the consultant. Its called Flying
Oh. Couldnt it be renamed? asked Sir Humphrey. This is a national
museum after all, funded by the taxpayer.
I suppose it might be considered, said the NRM consultant. After all
the LNER renamed a number of their locomotives after directors of the
company, and even renamed one of them Dwight D Eisenhower.
Thats excellent, said Sir Humphrey, So thats settled then .. lets
look at renaming 4472. But how much will it cost? We cant spend too
much, given the expenses scandal!
Well, said the consultant, We could always just paint out the F