Our work and pensions secretary, James Purnell (no, I have no idea either) has parodied Norman Tebbit's "on yer bike" moment.
The defiant minister insisted there were half a million vacancies in the economy and that taxpayers should not have to support people 'playing the system'.
Although I believe he is quite right, I do think it is a bit rich for a member of the party which has spent decades and countless billions of tax payers pounds encouraging people to do just that.
Of course, the modern myth is that Tebbit suggested that people who were out of work should get on their bikes and look for it - which isn't actually what he said at all. Tebbit was actually responding to a suggestion that the natural reaction of the unemployed was to riot when he said ....
"I grew up in the '30s with an unemployed father. He didn't riot. He got on his bike and looked for work, and he kept looking 'til he found it.".
... but that didn't stop the liberal left misquoting him repeatedly.
You could ask a similar question of Purnell today - something like .... isn't it true that if you give money to people just to sit on their backsides all day then the natural reaction is to find ways to make the most of that?
He's an MP - he should know that is true.