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Extraordinary items – File under fiction.

It is an old music hall joke that you could find British Rail’s ?timetable in the library under “Fiction”. That joke took a new twist on ?the day Labour’s manifesto went on sale.

WH Smith staff at London’s Cannon Street railway station placed armloads ?of copies on the same bookstand section as a number of works of ?contemporary fiction.

Sharing shelf space with Blair’s pledges were novels such as Joseph ?Connolly’s It Can’t Go On, Maria Barrett’s Damaged Lives, Penny Vincenzi’s ?No Angel and Carl Hiaasen’s Sick Puppy.

The next day, Labour’s tome was moved to join the other major parties’ ?manifestos – above a rack stuffed with Ministry magazine. This may sound a ?more appropriate location – except that Ministry is concerned with ‘house ?music’. And, no, that ‘house’ is nothing to do with the Commons.

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