We will learn from our mistake
The Gazette has come in for heavy criticism over the publication of last week’s Harry Bell column, which included an item about transgender issues. When you get things wrong, the best course of action is to hold your hands up and say sorry. Last week’s column did get it wrong – badly wrong.
We feel it is appropriate to dedicate our letters pages to the many messages we have had criticising the comments contained in the article.
Harry Bell has never purported to be the Voice of the Gazette, nor to represent the views of anyone other than the author.
However, we must take responsibility for providing the platform for such opinions to be aired.
Over the course of its long history, the Gazette has prided itself on fighting for the community it serves.
That includes ALL those who help make the Canterbury area such a diverse and wonderful place to live.
Over the coming weeks we will be attempting to rebuild links with those upset by last week’s column and will ensure we learn from our mistake.