Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ginger Snaps

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ginger Snaps

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Things seem to be going from bad to worse for Tyne Tees Television.

After an appeal to the Ginger Snaps' readership failed to find a single programme in the history of TV worse than the awful WestEnders, the company has now been named - oh, the shame - as a donor to the Conservative Party. Tyne Tees' insistence that the pounds 1,445 was for a reception at the Tory party conference doesn't cut much ice here at Ginger Towers, nor does their argument that "we also sponsor Labour and Liberal Democrat North-East receptions".

Here's a hint, guys: stop giving money to politicians and spend it instead on making some decent telly.

Having firmly established ourselves as the North-East's best red column, Ginger Snaps this week really takes the biscuit, with a summer competition for all the family.

Earlier this month we told you about the Most Unwanted playing cards, a spoof version of the American military's most wanted cards that sees fugitive Iraqi leaders replaced by an assortment of rascally reprobates from the British and American establishments.

Now you could spend your summer playing with the Most Unwanted after a pack arrived for us in the post.

Among the perfidious politicians and big business bounders featured is Sedgefield's own Mr Tony (the Ace of Clubs, no less) while Bank of England Governor Eddie George makes it in there too, thanks to his quote that job losses in the North are a "price worth paying".

To win the cards, just tell me in 25 words or less (or more if you like, I'm not that fussed) who you would put in the Most Unwanted and why.

Send your entries to Ginger Snaps, The Journal, Groat Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1ED, or by e-mail to:

As promised, here are some more gems from the latest collection of Eshington-speak to find its way to the Ginger Snaps office. …

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