And so we move on again. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to shape our lives but much has changed. We have become more used to the restrictions and now act accordingly, it has become a little easier, but yes, the restrictions are irksome. What is heartening is how the public have accepted this and acted with great dignity. The Government has responded by moving as fast as it can with this difficult problem. There are many stories to tell, too many for this blog! But one concerns The Spectator, this is the oldest newspaper in the UK and in the world being founded in 1828. Classed as a newspaper it is published weekly but would in modern terms be described as a magazine. When the pandemic struck the management turned to emergency measures for staff and production, this included the government furlough scheme to pay the staff. However, by good fortune due to an increase in sales of the magazine they are able et return the furlough money to the Government and survive on their own. We hear much talk of a free press and perhaps one of the reasons the Spectator is successful is its range of content. No wonder then that the magazine has Toby Young on its staff as Associate Editor, Young is founder of the Free Speech Union. Also interesting is that the latest article by Toby Young in the magazine is about the fate of a video by Peter Hitchens posted on YouTube; Young is critical of YouTube because they seem to have censored it. Doubly interesting as Hitchens, based on the title of the video, is critical of the government policy on Covid-19! Complicated? Yes, but no reason not to support a free press. Also worth noting is that Boris Johnson was editor of The Spectator from 1999 to 2005.
The image above is taken from the FSU logo.
To read the article by Toby Young and find out more of the Free Speech Union follow the links below -