Anti-kingsford protesters should have had courage to face up to opposition
SEE that name at the top of the page ... that’s me. See that picture right next to it ... that’s me.
See when I say stuff in the Evening Express, that’s me saying it.
Now, I know a lot of people won’t agree with me and a lot of people will. That’s the point.
And when people don’t like what I say, don’t like the words I use, don’t like the opinions I hold, don’t like me just because, then that’s fine.
They can e-mail me (that’s it at the top of the page there) and I’ll reply to them.
They can pick up the phone and call me and I’ll chat to them.
They can come up and talk to me in the pub or in the street and I’ll happily engage.
It’s part and parcel of putting your views out into the public domain, part of living in a healthy society where debate is
It happens when you put yourself out there
needed, even if just to agree to disagree.
Which is why the No Kingsford Stadium campaign was just out and out wrong to create a fake spokesman – one who even gave interviews to the press, no less.
This subterfuge was apparently because of the backlash against anyone putting their name to views that others might disagree with.
Which is no good reason at all. I speak as someone who has had the vilest abuse hurled at me over the years by people who don’t like what I say.
I have had letters saying the North-east would be better if I and my stinking family left the area for good.
I have had people calling into question my journalist integrity.
I have had people calling me a sad wee drunk who staggers home at night from the pub. I have had death threats.
And you know what, I just suck it up and move on.
Because that’s what happens when you put yourself out there.
It’s called having the courage of your convictions. If you believe it, stand up for it.
So where’s the courage or conviction in the anti-stadium lobby putting up a fictional figurehead? More to the point, where’s the integrity?
This isn’t a case of misleading the press, it’s a case of misleading the public.
Journalists strive for accuracy and fairness because mistakes hurts the brand. “If they can spell my name wrong, what else are they getting wrong.”
And in this case if No Kingsford Stadium are willing to hoodwink the public over who speaks for them, what else are they willing to do?
stadium: Supporters of the No Kingsford Stadium campaign at the Kingsford site.