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  1. She was one of my best friends, we chatted pretty much every day, I keep expecting her to pop up, it still hasn't sunk in. Rest well honey x
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  12. From one of the links on the page referred to https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/720124/Caincross_call_for_evidence_govuk.pdf Chapter 6 Key words "policy levers", "intervention", "subsidising", "funding support" you really think they haven't got eyes on money from the treasury, you think Lord Rothermere wouldn't be interested in a revenue stream provided by the Government ? The panel is already stuffed with media representatives. Try getting a denial out of a politician, a straight yes or no, personally I trust politicians about as far as I can spit one. If you haven't told them you don't want your taxes to pay for these things then it will be an option, they will assume you are in favour or at least will trust their judgement in the matter, wouldn't you rather express an opinion & try to remove the option. Why is the Government getting involved at all ? These are private enterprises if they cannot adapt to a changing marketplace then they should go under or be sold to someone who can manage the business. If supermarkets were struggling because home delivery services with huge robotic warehouses were taking their custom the Government would shrug & say "market forces", privately owned newspapers are no different. But fine call it fake news, don't express an opinion, wait and see what they do.
  13. It seems to assume that some newpapers pring print high quality news, it doesn't seem to mention which ones they make that assumption about though I may have missed where specific newspapers are mentioned though
  14. This has been kept rather quiet but there is a thing called the Cairncross Review which is "examining the sustainability of high-quality journalism in the UK" What this means is if a "high-quality" newspaper is seen to be failing, i.e. no one is buying it, then the Government is considering subsidising this privately owned company so it can stay in business and it is thinking of doing this using your tax money. Who decides which newspapers print "high-quality" news ? Well it won't be the people buying a copy or paying for it through their taxes The Government will decide which privately owned business is printing "high-quality" news The Government will also decide what constitutes "high-quality" news So of course there will be no possibility of this just being a scheme to funnel tax payer money into the pockets of the Rothermeres (Daily Mail), Reach Plc (Daily Express) or News Corps (The Sun) after all these groups have no influence in the House of commons do they ? And it's possible the Guardian & Independent could be funded this way too, after all who knows which party will form the Government in future So if anyone has feelings either way on the idea that their hard earned tax money should subsidise a private company that produces a newspaper they don't actually read and would like to pass comment on this idea, there is an open consultation and you can find the details here https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/call-for-evidence-on-sustainable-high-quality-journalism-in-the-uk If you choose to respond then, whatever your feelings on this matter, please be polite
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