19 June 2015

TMB denies paying for 'fake' reviews

The Tripe Marketing Board has denied orchestrating dozens of 'fake' reviews of its products, after an  investigation by industry regulator OffOffal revealed widespread abuse of online rating systems.

Speaking at a meeting of the Ramsbottom Ladies' Circle last night, TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said: "This is an odious practice and I am pleased to say we have never engaged in it".

Since the launch of the TMB's publishing arm, TMB Books, its publications have accumulated some 68 five star reviews and fewer than two one star reviews.  Sir Norman said he would prefer it if tripe-lovers made their own minds up, adding: "Although we specialise in fact-free history, we have also branched out into tripe poetry and human observation".

In response to questions from the audience, Sir Norman said it was "too early to say" whether the TMB would be publishing a 2016 Diary.  "Although tripe lovers raised over £1000 for our chosen charity MS UK, only £235 came from sales of the 2015 diary. We're looking closely at whether this is the best use of our resources," he said.

Current TMB Books publications:

Forgotten Lancashire and Parts of Cheshire and the Wirral (2012) 
The Lost Films of 20th Century Spatchcock (2013)
Tripe Marketing Board Diary 2014 (2013)
Tales from the Tills (2014)
Tripe Marketing Board Diary 2015 (2014)
My Camel's Name is Brian (2015)

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