"The prime minister's press secretary, Carolyn Stewart Olsen, came back and told us that after having dinner with Stephen Harper last night Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had just issued a statement saying Italy would remove the caveat that restricts what their soldiers can do in Afghanistan," said Smith.
"That was big news because the Italian soldiers... are restricted to mainly non-combat operations and Canada's been pressing for sometime to get countries like Italy to remove these caveats so they can help out more."
Golly gee whiz, that's swell news Stevie. That means that our forces might get a bit of a reprieve from the pressures of carrying front line duty. Why that's just a ringing success for your New Government... er, not so much.
After hearing the developments, journalists, including Smith, reported the breaking news.
But then, after the plane departed, Stewart alerted reporters that she had got it wrong.
She said there was a wire story saying that Berlusconi was reconsidering the caveats but he hadn't made any decisions.
Oh. Oh dear. That's a piece of piss then, isn't it? I suppose P.M. Chunks, the boyish wonder will be making his apologies to Mr Berlusconi. After all, making up another nation's foreign policy to suit one's own fancy is a tad presumptuous even for these faith-based twits.
"The prime minister's staff was so anxious to have the story corrected that they allowed us to go up to the front of the plane and use the prime minister's secured satellite phone to call our news desks," said Smith.
I'm sure Stevie personally collected the quarters from the news staffers after they made their calls. That's what responsibility and transparency is all about, law&orderADSCAMADSCAM...
"It seems the prime minister's staff was just in some unseemly haste to claim some sort of diplomatic triumph that they rushed out this news without checking the facts and it's a big embarrassment."
Fact checking, pshaw! In this brave new world order, mighty cons like Steve create reality... or wallow in septic effluence, one or the other. Sure hope the big fella doesn't hurt his nose pickin' finger while he's overseas. Atta boy Steve! You're doing a heckuva job.