I always thought that the Daily Mail was the newspaper to go to for the unusual made up stories, ones where I’m sure I dreaming they are sometimes so weird. This being more the case after the demise of the Daily
Star* Sport and it’s London Bus found on the Moon stories.
However, this time round they are reporting a factually correct story even though it sounds totally made up.
The source of this story is from Tourism department of Liverpool Council. They claim that Martin Luther King wrote the first draft of his famous speech in the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool (great place by the way, stayed there a few times myself, fantastic lounge). When historians say that MLK never went to Liverpool the spokesperson for Liverpool Council said “Although biographers associated with Martin Luther King may not be aware of such a fact that does not prove it to be untrue.”
The tourism department had the great idea of crowd sourcing ideas for their latest campaign based on famous people who have a connection with Liverpool. Sounds like they got a lot of ideas but the educationally challenged people in the council didn’t do much checking on the “facts” being given to them. Being Liverpudlian themselves they should have known about the well known Scouse humour and not trusted much of these “facts”. Instead of listening to historians who told them where they went wrong, the organisation who produced the pamphlet “Liverpool Discovers” trusted the suggestions from anonymous liverpudlians.
Now they are left with egg on their faces and still can’t stop digging themselves deeper when they say “We do recognise on this occasion that maybe the famous Liverpudlian sense of humour has had the last laugh but this is why we do use the word ‘alleged’ in relation to the information and are in no way trying to rewrite history or make factual claims about information that may or may not be correct.”
But maybe that was the plan all along. Make a deliberate mistake. Get loads of people to commentate that they are a bit stupid. But all along the Discover Liverpool campaign gets mentioned. So Liverpool is in the news. And I’ve just fallen for their fantastically devious plot! Duh!
* Mistake fixed thanks to Mark & Microdave