Quite, quite extraordinary situation. A government (although technically the ministers collectively, I think) has been found in contempt of parliament. This has never happened before. What a time to be alive.
You're right about the brass neck, though I blame the fourth estate for not holding ministers to account on a regular basis.
I should think a hat would be best done in a slow oven and mustard might be a good accompaniment. I won't be putting that recipe to the test, I'm sure. 🎩