Last week the Harborough Mail was accused on a social media network of writing biased reports regarding the plans to create a new Tesco superstore outside the immediate town centre.
I take personal offence at this wholly inaccurate comment made by someone hiding behind a pseudonym on the internet.
This newspaper goes to sometimes extraordinary lengths to ensure that we provide balanced reports on all matters we cover, including the Tesco story.
Read the latest on the Tesco story here Tesco says survey shows backing for plan.
A quick look at the letters page in this week’s newspaper will show what the average man in the street thinks about the plans. I have printed every letter without making any editorial judgement.
As you can see, there are eight against the plans, and just one in favour.
That seems to accurately reflect the feeling in the town from the people that we have spoken to.
Few want the store, but many of those who are already resigned to it coming believe that our high-quality independent shops are well-placed to fight off the competition.
There is nothing wrong with a newspaper taking an editorial stance on an issue, but to accuse it of bias when hiding behind a pseudonym on a social media site is cowardice.
I am happy to meet and discuss this newspaper’s editorial policy with anyone who wants to do so.
However, I will not accept criticism from anonymous sources who may well have a personal agenda for wanting a particular scheme to be approved.
Column by Neil Pickford.
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