We owe this little problem to Michael Heseltine.
MOD officials are said to be in talks with foreign powers to offload the Eurofighter Typhoons after running up a £2 billion deficit.
The Royal Air Force had ordered 144 Typhoons and is committed to buying a further 88 after signing up to a trade agreement with Spain, Italy and Germany.
The MOD would incur severe financial penalties if it reneged on the deal and is said to be sounding out other countries to take the unwanted jets.
For it was indeed he, in an orgry of federastism, who signed us up to this take or pay contract in the first place.
Gee, thanks Mickey.