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On his BBC Radio 2 show on Thursday, Vine threw out some possible solutions to the abattoir labour shortage that means hundreds of pigs across the UK face being slaughtered.
The journalist had received a message from an east Yorkshire farm where – he explained – they faced a dilemma about what do do with their pigs as the animals could not enter the food chain as normal.
He continued: “Is there anything else we can do here? Could people adopt them as pets? Could people collect pigs and slaughter them personally ... use them as a spit roast or something. I don’t know, they’re obviously very different choices there.”
The clip was seized on by the Accidental Partridge account, which shares Partridge-esque moments seen in the wild.
It delighted many on social media ...
I’ve listened to this approximately 12,000 times today https://t.co/TZQkzQkFVT
— Adam Payne (@adampayne26) October 7, 2021
He started talking then just didn't know how he was going to finish his sentence 😂
— Steve Dawson (@ThisBeSteveD) October 7, 2021
And soon enough people were quoting lines spouted by Steve Coogan’s beloved creation ...
I don’t know what he had for breakfast. Presumably an infected spinal column in a bap. https://t.co/pyeaILrpf0
— Emma (@81emmajd) October 7, 2021
"This must not, I repeat, this must not turn into an all-night rave." https://t.co/PnaR1hiEbx
— Conor Marlborough (@conormarls) October 7, 2021
Even Vine saw the funny side – sharing a moment that was arguably even more hilarious ...
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) October 7, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.