I've been looking for the traditional April Fool gags in the news. The trouble is, the news is so bloody weird these days, it's hard to spot the spoofs. Another tradition bites the dust.
Where is the joke? Is it the one where Mrs. Queen does a Marilyn Monroe impression? Or the seaside town arranging trips to the beach for its residents? The blind man, high on booze and drugs, who killed someone while joyriding?
How about the Gadfly's entire government fleeing to Britain, the country they're at war with and who are still seething over the release of the Magwai? Or the six police officers despatched to deal with no-crime who got stuck in a lift on the way up? How about the revelation that the Sarky Frog has an umbrella like the Penguin's from 'Batman'? Well, they are about the same height...
What about the increased state pension for everyone but the pensioners? That can't be serious. Neither can the idiotic notion that we are responsible for someone else's currency.
Unfortunately, all those stories sound real enough in the context of this mad world. So where's the spoof? I am certain the spoof story is this one.
Why? Because it's the only one that describes something we'd all actually be pleased to see happening. And that never happens in real life.
By this time next year it will be, once more, easy to spot the spoof news story for April 1st. It will be the only one that makes sense.