Fracking article ‘one-sided’
I’ve been a regular reader of County
Smallholding for a long time and find it very informative.
Your business column InFocus in the December issue ran an article saying ‘No to fracking’, followed by Greenpeace’s version of fracking and its consequences, followed by an invitation to donate to Friends of the Earth.
I found this –what I now understand was a paid for advertisement – to be completely out of order for the editorial staff to accept. This can only be described as a one-sided political version of fracking, and that you accepted it for publication amazes me.
No doubt many of your readers agree with fracking and many do not, but for
County Smallholding to carry such a distasteful intrusion within its covers, purely for the financial gain of the advertisement, is truly an insult to its readers.
I am sure Cuadrilla would welcome the opportunity to place an advertisement with you to give their version of fracking.
Please keep politics and religion out of County Smallholding.
Regards, Tom Butler (by email) I was extremely disappointed to see the article by Friends of the Earth in the InFocus section of the December issue of Country Smallholding. Such publicity for the extremely one-sided views of a protest group should have no place in the magazine and particularly not in a section that appears to have the endorsement of the editorial team. A properly researched and balanced article regarding fracking and the possible effects on smallholders may have its place, but I do not pay my subscription to read recruitment campaign material for non-relevant minority interests.
Regards, Martin Churly (by email)
The Friends of the Earth item was in the In Focus ‘advertorial’ section of Country Smallholding. Such material is supplied by advertisers as part of a commercial arrangement. In this case an ‘Advertising features’ strapline was omitted from the page. We apologise for the error. We do review the type of material that is carried in this section of the magazine to ensure that it is appropriate.