Preheat oven to 180c
Melt your margarine or butter in small bowl in the microwave or in a small pan on the hob
Whilst the margarine cools slightly, mix together all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
Pour the boiling water in a small bowl, then add the bicarb. Stir well.
Add the golden syrup to the hot water/bicarb and stir again, just to soften the syrup a little.
Whisk this sticky mixture into the melted butter, then pour into the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
Using a teaspoon, scoop out dollops of the mixture, then roll into balls between your palms.
Place on a baking sheet, about 2" apart. Don't flatten them at all.
Bake for 12 minutes or so, until just golden brown.
Leave to cool for a couple of minutes, before gently moving to a cooling rack.