The disembowelling of The Daily Telegraph
Observing the eradication of such institutions as Craig Brown and AN Wilson from The Daily Telegraph, not to mention Patrick Barclay, Sam Leith, Andrew McKie, and also noting the phasing out of the regular columns of Iain Dale and Daniel Hannan MEP, Mr Greenslade has this to say of the Telegraph Media Group's Roman Catholic owners Sirs David and Frederick Barclay:
TMG's owners, the Barclay boyos, have never given a stuff about journalism. They are notoriously touchy about any criticism. They have been happy to use laws that inhibit press freedom. They want their papers to be mouthpieces for their own reactionary opinions and clamp down - through intermediaries - on anything that runs counter to their views.
And 'disembowelling' might be an apt term to employ, observing its long association in England with high treason. The Barclay brothers are clearly intolerant of voices raised in protest. This might explain some of TMG's decisions on the reporting of religion - who loses and who wins; who's in and who's out - and why some of those Telegraph writers who are highly critical of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in England have not been silenced, despite 'considerable pressure' and 'concerted efforts' to do so...