#456

The Times, October 18, 2018

A strong contender for Worst Headline of the Year Award. How often do police not use cars in a raid? When they ride bicycles? Go on horseback? Perhaps tanks? In the old days this would be thrown back at the sub with some abuse. My attempt would be

The Climbing Squad

As for the copy, anyone who does not realiseĀ  that he or she has repeated ‘force’ within nine words really should not be in the job.

#454

 

Mail Online, September 30, 2018

This was sent to me by a Birkenhead native, outraged that his home town is now considered to be in Liverpool. The two places are on opposite sides of the Mersey, so this is like saying that Grimsby is part of Hull, or that Portsmouth is on the Isle of Wight.

I imagine the error arose because the sub saw ‘Merseyside’ and ignorantly equated that with Liverpool. Personally I would not consider it necessary to add ‘Merseyside’ to Birkenhead. The rule of thumb used to be that if a town had a football team you did not need to give the county. Birkenhead has a football team but it is called Tranmere Rovers, and it is obviously asking far too much for a Mail Online sub to know that.