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Headline Writers ‘Fuming’ Now That Motoring Enthusiast Party Following Palmer

Motoring Enthusiast Party satireWhen the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party announced its alliance with Clive Palmer last week, it wasn’t just a case of a small party getting overtaken from the right. It may have also signalled the end of a short but fruitful period of easy headlines for the country’s newspapers.

Having geared themselves up for at least six years of effortless motoring related puns, news outlets may now be forced to change direction. “We were in cruise control,” said Henry Robbs, a newspaper subeditor. “Every time there was a story about the Motoring Enthusiast Party, we’d be given the green light to pump out these pithy, punny headlines to match. But the wheels have now well and truly fallen off. And we hadn’t really even got to the starting line”.

Robbs said his idea to pre-write all of the headlines for the first year of the new Parliament may have backfired. “It’s a pity, because I had some absolute winners. ‘Motoring Enthusiast Party U-Turns On Carbon Policy’, ‘Motoring Enthusiasts Say Economy Is Overheated, ‘Ricky Muir Outlines Plans For Six-Speed Economy’, ‘Indicators Important, Say Motoring Enthusiasts’. And I was just warming up”.

Asked his opinion on how such a small party got elected in the first place, Robbs said “It was an accident. But it wasn’t their fault”.

Robbs had to shorten his interview with The Shovel to cover the Labor leadership race. “Thank goodness Bill won,” he said later. “Can you imagine trying to get Albanese into a headline?”

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9 comments on “Headline Writers ‘Fuming’ Now That Motoring Enthusiast Party Following Palmer

  1. Mango
    October 14, 2013

    Headline writers hit a speed bump?

  2. DeanyZ1
    October 14, 2013

    I wonder if they’ll use ‘BILL SHORTENS THE ODDS’?

  3. Chris
    October 14, 2013

    Oh please, too many puns. Gimme a brake.

  4. Brenda Francis
    October 14, 2013

    It would be really different if newspapers reported news.

  5. Frenzal
    October 14, 2013

    “Ricky Muir takes up residence in Clive Palmer’s rectum.”
    “The MEP makes the Australian people eat their dust”

  6. CoffeeMan
    October 14, 2013

    RoadRunner says ‘MEP, MEP’

  7. Breno
    October 14, 2013

    This really grinds my gears

  8. Tim
    October 14, 2013

    Imagine if Ricky was embroiled in the wedding expense scandal. What a blowout that could have been.

  9. Squirrel
    October 15, 2013

    Let’s hope all goes well with this alliance. I’d hate to see the wheels fall off.

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