BORIS JOHNSON’S attack on Virgin Trains for deciding to stop stocking the Daily Mail, calling it an “absurd” and “pompous” ban that resembles censorship, exposes the Foreign Secretary as a two-faced hypocrite.
Johnson’s first action after being elected mayor of London in 2008 was to ban all copies of the Morning Star from City Hall.
The cost was minimal and many staff appreciated the alternative news service provided by our paper, but the Tory mayor’s overriding consideration was censorship of a critical voice.
Not only was his stance petty and vindictive but utterly out of step with Tories he claims to idolise. Former prime ministers Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill both took the Morning Star or its predecessor the Daily Worker in Downing Street.
Their justification was the need to know what the “enemy,” as they called the organised labour movement, was thinking.
Contrast Johnson’s hypocrisy with Jeremy Corbyn’s forthright defence “of a free press and the pluralism of the press,” confirming that, under a Labour government, there would be no blanket media bans on our railways once returned to public ownership.
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