Open let­ter to Mr Nick Hurd, MP

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

YES­TER­DAY (Jan­uary 9) I sent to my three Coun­cil­lors an email to come clean and ad­vise the res­i­dents of North­wood Hills who is telling the truth re­gard­ing cuts to es­sen­tial ser­vices in Hilling­don.

To date I have not re­ceived a re­ply from any of them, which leads one to be­lieve the free press and Hillside Pri­mary School are most prob­a­bly telling the truth.

This story is why I firmly be­lieve in a free press and one that is not stran­gled by puni­tive reg­u­la­tions de­signed to hand power to those op­posed to free speech. The Uxbridge Gazette along with Hillside Pri­mary School have ex­posed a cyn­i­cal de­cep­tion by the Hilling­don Coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion.

If Sec­tion 40 of the Crime and Courts Act is passed there could be a dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity that both the Uxbridge Gazette and Hillside Pri­mary School be sued for li­bel given that Leader of the Coun­cil, Cllr Ray Pud­di­foot is quoted in the Hilling­don Peo­ple ar­ti­cle.

Sec­tion 40 would be the death sentence of in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism and the free press. For as Michael Gove MP so elo­quently stated and I quote ‘the truth is that if we want a vig­or­ous press, ex­pos­ing cor­rup­tion and punc­tur­ing com­pla­cency, then we have to ex­pect that some of what gets writ­ten will be un­com­fort­able. Even of­fen­sive. Free speech isn’t re­ally free un­less some­one is told some­thing they don’t want to hear’.

I am sure you would not dis­agree. Op­pose Sec­tion 40 of the Crime and Courts Act. AN­DREW RETTER via email

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