There is a report in the press today that David Cameron tried to get Paul Dacre, the editor of the Daily ‘Hate’ Mail, fired over his editorial stance on the EU referendum.
The Daily Mail is, for want of a better term, a 'newspaper', and Dacre is, apparently, its editor. Let me declare an interest: I hold the Mail, and those responsible for the xenophobic drivel that serves for its content, in the deepest contempt. Any mention of the ‘Mail’ on the radio in discussion programmes usually engenders knowing chuckles; which particular brand of ‘Little England’ are they trolling out today?
But the Prime Minister tried to get Dacre fired because of his editorial position? Was Cameron completely, stark staring mad? It is said that every country deserves its press; so folks, we deserve the Sun, the Daily Telegraph and, yes, the Daily Mail. But we cherish our democracy and our freedom, and that freedom includes the right of our newspapers, if they choose, to cater to ignorance, prejudice, xenophobia and small-mindedness in their readership. It has to be like that; we must have freedom of the press. Anything else is just unacceptable.
And with that principle firmly in mind, the Prime Minister of this country apparently lobbied the owner(s) of the Mail to remove the editor. Cameron, along with his decision to hold a referendum on Europe, is in danger of going down in history as one of the stupidest Prime Ministers we have ever had.
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