Archive for the ‘Editorial’ Category

Eye on the local media

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

As the Culture, Media and Sport committee of MPs reported on the News of the World phone tapping scandal and the press became the focus of news headlines people were given a rare opportunity to consider the impact the press has upon political life and, indeed, the attitudes and opinions of us all. One of the most telling remarks made on the day of the Committee’s report came from the publicist Max Clifford. Commenting upon Parliament’s refusal to properly regulate the media he said: “Parliament doesn’t have the balls to stand up to Fleet Street”. He argued that MP’s were too scared to take on the press for fear of losing editorial support, which is, of course, crucial to electoral success.
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Pall Mall traffic calming in the news

Friday, February 26th, 2010

After its disastrous attack in November 08 upon road safety measures in residential areas The Leigh Times has again ventured into this territory. The paper was roundly condemned for its “Voice of Leigh” item just over a year ago for callously attacking speed cameras and traffic calming, despite the fact that these have saved the lives of many thousands of people, including over 500 children. Now they bemoan the introduction of speed bumps in Pall Mall, seeking to have them engineered to make them lower. Why? This was a notorious rat-run, immediately next to Leigh North Street Junior School. The only thing shocking about the speed bumps in Pall Mall is that the residents and school staff had to wait so long to see them installed.
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