Balloon Hoax: Gormley Was In Limo All Along

Fears for safety of Green Party Leader and Minister For Trees, John Gormley proved unfounded after a four hour chase of a runaway hot air balloon ended with the discovery that it was empty and, according to some reports, futile.

The hot air balloon had been ordered as an environmentally friendly way to carry the minister from Holyhead in Wales to an important poetry reading in Hay-on-Guardian. It broke its moorings with Gormley thought to be crouched in the basket beneath it with his hands over his ears going “La la la la laaah!” loudly to himself.

Embassy staff, Welsh emergency services and Shirley Bassey chased the balloon for several miles. “We knew it couldn’t generate enough hot air to stay aloft for long, as Eamon Ryan had gone to get chips and was not on board”, an embassy official told The Emergency.

There was confusion when the balloon’s basket turned out to be empty, but Gormley later turned out to have hidden in a Limousine which took him to the Dorchester Hotel in London.

The Green Party, which is a participant in the reality shows “A Bit Like A Government” and “I’m A Lapsed Tree-hugger Get Me Out Of Here!” have denied that the whole thing was a publicity stunt.

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