Is this really news? The strange things that make the headlines during an election

It’s amazing what passes for news during an election campaign. Here are some of the best “non-stories” of the campaign:

You know, buses break down sometimes. It happens and nobody goes and asks rival companies for comments. Except during an election, as the Standard writes about the Lib Dem bus breaking down in Brixton:

Party officials said the vehicle developed an electrical fault as it made the trip back to central London following a campaign visit to East Sussex.

Political rivals had little sympathy for the Lib Dems’ plight, with the Conservative press office tweeting: “So it’s true … Lib Dems’ campaign really is going nowhere.

And a couple of typos on a leaflet merit a story on the BBC website. I know Arnie Gibbons always used to tell us in the East Midlands not to worry about such things as long as you got the headlines and education stories right. At least candidate Sebastian Kindersley handled the whole thing with humility and humour.

I hold my hand up, it’s a mistake,” Mr Kindersley said.

“On the upside it will give people hours of fun looking for errors in the next leaflet.”

He described the error as ironic, but it had been a mistake “and they happen”.

“It’s been pointed out and I apologise if I’ve upset anyone,” he continued.

And I doubt Exeter Liberal Democrat candidate Joel Mason expected to ever find himself in Heatworld.

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5 Comments

  • Is it true a passerby shouted ‘Broken bus, broken promises’ ?

  • peter tyzack 16th Apr '15 - 8:48am

    meanwhile our wonderful media, led by the ‘free’ press(owned and run by wealthy non-doms) try to rubbish(or ignore) everything we say and do.

  • You almost wonders if it’s worth doing it deliberately to improve the candidates name recognition in a hopeless seat…

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