Councillors back bid to block S*n
WEST Lancashire Borough Councill has backed the Total Eclipse of the S*n Campaign. The move comes after both Liverpool City Council and Wirral Council voted to back the bid to stop the paper being sold in the area.
Cllr Kevin Wilkie, who forwarded the motion – and was at Hillsborough in 1989 – gave a passionate speech to fellow councillors.
“I was 14 years old when I attended that match with my dad and my friend. After the crush I couldn’t find my mate, but people were dead.”
Getting emotional during his speech, Cllr Wilkie urged his fellow councillors to support him in putting a stop to the paper being sold in West Lancashire.
“Let’s stop it, lets stop what they’re doing.”
His best friend, Dave Hughes, sadly lost his father, Eric, in the disaster.
Cllr Wilkie refused to even mention the name of the newspaper during his speech, and he slammed the publication for failing to acknowledge the inquest, calling it “that rag I refuse to name.”
Councillors who voted against the Total Eclipse of the S*n Campaign were keen to express their condolences and stressed how they did not condone the actions or reporting by the newspaper but were concerned that the campaign would be an act of censorship on the residents they represent.
Cllr Sam Currie, who represents Aughton and Downholland, addressed the council with his sympathies to the families affected by the Hillsborough disaster and the “abhorrent behaviour” of the newspaper but stated that he did not feel comfortable with telling the people of his ward what they could and could not read.
“I will never buy or read the newspaper myself but it is up to the people of West Lancashire to make that decision for themselves, not through coercive censorship.”
When the recorded vote was taken, 30 councillors voted in favour of the motion, 12 voted against and eight abstained from voting.
In the summer of 2014, postal workers in Skelmersdale made national headlines after they refused to deliver free promotional copies of the newspaper.
The S*n has been hated on Merseyside ever since their infamous “The Truth” front page printed after the Hillsborough Disaster in which 96 people were killed in which allegations, since proven to be untrue, were levelled at Liverpool fans.