MINISTERS are pushing ahead with plans for an upper house of Parliament operated by the Jim Henson Workshop.
Under the proposals in the House of Lords Muppet Reform Bill, the new second chamber would keep its structure of long red leather seats which hide its members’ legs from view, but would replace existing peers with felt and fuzzy puppets with googly ping-pong eyes.
The Liberal Democrats believe that the Muppets, who will roar their assent or growl their dissent at proposed legislation, will make the House of Lords more relevant and entertaining.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: Democracy needs checks and balances, but it could also use a little showbiz glitz.
“The Muppets will take us behind the political scenes and show how half-baked ideas make their way from country suppers in Chipping Norton to the statute books.”
Hereditary peers will be replaced by monster Muppets, unable to speak intelligibly but able to grunt their disgust whenever homosexuality is mentioned.
The traditional place for religious leaders in the Lords will be taken by those chickens that hang around with Gonzo, dressed in bishops mitres and robes while squawking and flapping around in panic.
And appointed peers will have squeezable horns for noses, which they will honk in confusion throughout debates while Lord Speaker Miss Piggy attempts to keep order with shrill screams and karate chops.
All bills will be passed or rejected by the staging of a lavish musical number, during which the peers will sing along and sway from side to side in their benches. The first, Its Not Easy Being Green, will replace next weeks planned debate on the Countryside Act.
Special guest Daryl Hannah will sing a duet with Lord Kermit while Statler and Waldorf, who have been sitting in the Lords since they were made life peers by John Major in 1993, will provide acerbic commentary and old jokes.