Government copies Thick of It storyline

Sometimes life imitates art so perfectly, that it's hard to believe it's true.

Nick Clegg's ‘alarm clock Britain' may not have been quite as ridiculous as The Thick of It's 'quiet bat people', but it came fairly close. But now, one event has actually bettered a storyline in the political comedy show.

Last week, Viscount Younger of Leckie, a hereditary peer and parliamentary under secretary of state for intellectual property, went to Burlington Danes Academy in west London.

While there, he launched an app called 'Music Inc’, which lets players manage a musician and “educate them on specific challenges encountered by artists in the digital age”.

(This really happened)

Younger commented: "Young people have an important role to play in this success. We must make sure they understand and respect copyright." (Rad).

But that's not the half of it: Younger was joined by Oritse Williams, formerly of sensational pop ensemble JLS. Williams added: "I'm currently in the process of building my own entertainment company," which makes sense.

If this all sounds familiar it's because an almost identical story came from The Thick of It in 2012. The writers didn't quite have the gusto to write a pop star into the event though. That might have seemed too unreal.