The Chief Science Advisor, a charming man wearing a neat bow tie, welcomed the Prime Minister into his office.
"We're engaged in a major programme of research on the genetics of degenerative disease in child bearing turkeys with the common cold following prolonged used of pseudoephedrine. It's an important topic," said the Chief Science Advisor, and the Prime Minister nodded, as if to convey that he, too, was heavily involved, and had read the briefing paper and so understood what his Chief Science Advisor was saying.
"Yes," agreed the Prime Minister. "Very important. Indeed. So important for the economy, in fact. What with Christmas coming up."
The Chief Science Advisor threw him a glance. Now they moved deep within the inner sanctum of the Beehive to the laboratories, where the humming centrifuges and bubbling flasks attested to a high level of research activity.
"MgP2HP20P + HgPSOP4 = P," explained the Chief Science Advisor, pointing to a vat of curiously coloured powder.
"P?" asked the Prime Minister.
"MgPCO2P = P," responded the Chief Science Advisor.
"O," said the Prime Minister. "I....."
"O?" asked the Chief Science Advisor.
The Prime Minister stroked his chin. "Perhaps."
"Definitely," interjected the Chief Science Advisor. "PHP2POP +PNaPCl3P = PPPpppPPPP+PP."
"P?" probed the Prime Minister. "Why?"
"Because PPPpppPPPP+PP," the Chief Science Advisor explained, as simply as he could to a non-scientist.
The Prime Minister exploded in anger. "Will you stop saying P all the time!!! It's getting really irritating!"
"P?" the Chief Science Advisor queried.
In a thunderous rage, The Prime Minister grabbed the nearest beaker and smashed it over the head of his Chief Science Advisor. He then destroyed any evidence of his (now former) Chief Science Advisor with a Bunsen burner.
The next day, a press release was issued from the Prime Minister's office:
The Prime Minister proposes banning pseudoephedrine in the fight against P. The ban is part of a wide-ranging plan to fight P, using the full force of the government's arsenal, as P is wrecking lives, wrecking families and fuelling crime.
The banning of other P-related products will be considered in due course.