No Sun On Sunday
If you’re thinking about buying the Sun on Sunday out of curiosity value (and I don’t suppose you are because you wouldn’t be reading this) it might be worth remembering that the News of the World hacked a murdered girl’s telephone and tricked her parents into thinking she was still alive. And that this is that paper under a new name, just six months later.
My paternal grandparents were proudly and defiantly working class, and read the Daily Mirror at a time when it was an intelligent fair-minded newspaper aimed at those largely in blue-collar employment. Its articles on unionisation and bosses were concise and admirably clear-headed, and reflected what its readers thought without simply parroting their beliefs.
The Sun changed all that, with its squalid sexism, racism and homophobia. Of course these days we ascribe those undesirable traits to the Daily Mail, which presents them in a more subtly snide form, while the Sun noodles about with sex and drugs gossip.
Frivolity is fine in a Sunday paper – isn’t that what Sundays are for? But the continuation of the NOTW in another guise is a step too far.
Meanwhile, the Daily Express, the Maddie-and-royals obsessed rag that manages to moan about Britain’s vanished manufacturing base while complaining about Europe – and never connecting the two facts – has a new deal. If you buy one of a range of products at a WH Souk you get the Express free and the price of what you’re buying reduced – so the Express is paying you to read it! Surely, a first?