A story that is usually confined to the 'and finally' slot on BBC news has succeeded in getting ahead of the story that is the labour leadership battle.
The tale of Scruffy a much loved family pet from Prestatyn in North Wales has managed to put the names of Balls,Millaband,Millaband,Abbott and the other one Andy whose it face firmly down the pecking order of news worthiness.
Viewers were instead engaged by Scruffy's heart breaking story after he disappeared from his family home nearly a week ago. Everybody engaged that is except Labour party officials who were outraged at the lack of respect the BBC were giving their leadership election, 'it's a disgrace' ranted party general secretary Ray Collins ' one minute we're running the country, next minute we're second best to some shabby mongrel from Wales as far as the bloody beeb are concerned'.
While poor scuffy was struggling to exist on nothing but dead rabbits and sheep shit somewhere in the Snowdonia National Park, Collins vowed revenge on the BBC ' if we get back in, the bloody beeb can kiss goodbye to there precious licence fee'.
Latest on Scruffy is that he's been found safe and well by a park ranger near Betws-y-coed and finally, the latest on the Labour Leadership Campaign is that the Millabands are still brothers, Diane Abbott is Diane Abbott, Ed Balls has a silly name and I still can't think of the name of the other one Andy what's his face who do me call.