I must admit it wasn't good timing on Ringo's part. However, I don't expect the people of Liverpool to burn their Beatle records over this one.
Incidentally, about the half arsed story in The Sun. The reason Ringo mimed to Liverpool 8 on GMTV is because he had a stinking cold and could just about talk let alone sing and has sang live on every other appearance he made during the week.
Man I could smell your breath a mile away.