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January 30, 2006

Official Lies.

Lies, lies I tell you:

In the past eight years Shepherd Neame's catalogue of "Bottle of Britain" ads has raised £100,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund and other veterans' charities.

But it is not the first time that the brewery has run into problems with the authorities in London. In 2000, they ordered Spitfire posters to be removed from the Underground because they were deemed offensive to Germans.

The slogans included: "Have the sunbeds, we're going to the bar" and "Votz zo funny about zeez posters?".

In 2001, the ASA rejected the complaints, claiming that Germans also had a sense of humour.

That last line has to be a lie. Or is it, in fact, that famous British sense of humour?

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i sub-edited that story last evening - thanks for telegraph watch, by the way - and to the best of my knowledge it is all true. it gave us galley slaves a laugh

Posted by: the great redacto | Jan 30, 2006 7:04:40 PM

@ the great redacto - I am usually very critical of Ken Livingstone, but you have literally put my words into his mouth, so he is probably laughing at you, whether he agrees with them or not.

This is almost the opposite of the usual complaint that bloggers have about the media lifting blog entries (and other media stories) without attribution.

Ken Livingstone's official taxpayer funded propaganda website is at:

www.london.gov.uk

So far as I can tell, neither Ken Livingstone, nor his public relations staff, run a blog of any sort, let alone one which permits comments from the public, like the Mayor Of London blog:

www.mayor-of-london.co.uk

This website predates even the referendum on the creation of the office of Mayor, Greater London Authority, Greater London Assembly etc. and it is usually only visiting US tourists who email the blog from their AOL accounts, who ever get confused.

Is Ken Livingstone's notorious contempt for public feedback and consultation, which he has displayed over, say, the London Congestion Charge, the reason that nobody from the Daily Telegraph bothered to send an email to the Mayor of London blog before publishing the story ?

Whilst some of the previous Shepherd Neame Spitfire Ale puns have been mildly amusing, that particular one was deeply offensive and hypocritical.

Posted by: mol | Jan 31, 2006 8:41:04 AM