Open letter to Mr Nick Hurd, MP
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