Thursday, October 09, 2008

Tribune - Situation Critical


Paul Anderson reports that Tribune will close on October 31st unless a buyer is found. At a board meeting earlier this week, its trade union shareholders agreed to what editor Chris McLaughlin called "an amicable parting of the ways".
This isn't just awful news, it's tragic.

To say that Tribune has a long and venerable history is an understatement. It was founded in 1937 by Sir Stafford Cripps and Aneurin Bevan to fight fascism and in its seventy plus years of existence hosted a dazzling galaxy of editorial talent, including George Orwell, who was the paper's literary editor in the forties and editors of the calibre of Michael Foot and Chris Mullin.
Nowadays, it boasts such first class columnists as Kevin Maguire and Joan Smith as well as Anderson himself.
For the Labour movement to lose Tribune is unthinkable. It MUST be saved.

And in the meantime, a fighting fund for Tribune is surely in order.

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