Harsh reality

If you think times are hard here, thank your lucky stars you don\'t live in Amsterdam.

The creators of reality TV series Big Brother have developed a new show in which staff at companies struggling because of the credit crunch choose which of their colleagues should be given the chop.

The programme, nicely entitled Somebody’s Gotta Go, will feature workers at failing businesses deciding who gets fired, who gets a pay cut and even which lucky employees get raises. Tough stuff indeed.

So what’s next? A Battle Royale-style game in which failed bankers are kidnapped, placed on a deserted island and forced to fight to the death or bombs strapped to their necks will kill them all anyway? Hang on, maybe we’re on to something.