Thursday, October 22, 2009

Burying Bad News

With all the kerfuffle over Maggie Mandy's postal strike and the BNP rumble in Auntie's jungle, cynics would say it's a good day to bury bad news. Sure as eggs is eggs, a few choice gems crawled out of the woodwork. And what a rotten lot they are.

Man-made climate change con - Advertising watchdogs are investigating a scary £6m government 'climate change' ad over claims it's 'misleading and too "scary" for children'.

Billed as a "bedtime story", the Advertising Standards Authority has received 357 complaints about the ad made for the ridiculously misnamed 'department of energy and climate change'.

And that comes the day after government climate change figures were branded 'misleading' by the government's own UK Statistics Authority.

Fiddling crime stats - The old ones are still the best. Violent crimes have been 'wrongly classed' as 'not really a crime at all', according to policing watchdogs who say some police forces are not recording all acts of violence as, er, crimes.

The chief inspector of constabulary found officers classed some reports of violence and assault as "no crime" - just to make every one feel that little bit more safe in their beds.

Green shoots sham - The Land Registry is set to axe 1,500 jobs as part of a cost-cutting plan helping to save £92m a year. Retail sales are stuck in a rut, confounding spinners and doggedly refusing to budge, with consumers remaining a tad cautious about spending.

Brown's War - After troops got a beating in Basra, the Royal Navy is sneaking back into Iraq with around 200 Royal Navy personnel to train local forces, according to the armed forces minister. Kind-hearted Baghdad politicians have agreed to let them back in - but this time without iPods.

Tomorrow's Daily Noos? - Deluded Brown is hoping the recession depression is officially over for him and everything's hunky-dory in La-La-Land.

Time for one of his scary grins. But if ONS figures show the recession isn't really over yet, someone should report him to the advertising standards authority.

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