For a Lifeboat to be of any use, first you must stop it from sinking (Titanic emergency procedures manual)
I'm linking this post to one of the blogs I follow, "Nightjack". It is a good example for two reasons, 1. It is evidence of a Member of the European Parliament who is actually making decent use of that big gravy train; and 2. It is a good example of how to royally shag the Prime Minister.