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The following is a letter from Aislaby resident John McEachen, initially sent to The Whitby Gazette several weeks ago. At the time of us publishing on August 2nd 2012, The Gazette had not given column space to this letter. Real Whitby wonders why ??
I am at a loss as to how and why The Whitby Gazette, our major source of news and views for our town, has managed to be scooped on a serious local issue by a publication based in London.
I refer to the Private Eye Article, “Wooden Excuse”, (Eye 1318 13 July 2012) about two local politicians, Cllr Kenyon and her partner Cllr Millar. What was being called into question, using public sources such as Companies House according to Private Eye, involved their various “dealings” with Scarborough Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire Police Authority, Ryedale District Council and North Yorks Moors National Park Authority. This should have tweak the interest of any local newspaper worthy of its name.
The Gazette has an honest Editor and a number of keen and talented young reporters, who, let run with this story, could have done their careers no harm at all. The information must have been known to the Gazette for some time before it was published in a national publication.
The only explanation I can think of, given that this is not an insignificant local story, is that the Editor must have been pressurised from on high to spike it.
It doesn’t take a conspiracy theorist to draw conclusions from the facts that, the councillors involved represent and have for many years represented The Conservative Party in the Whitby area, that this party holds sway on all of the above authorities, and that the Gazette owners Johnston Press PLC have been financial contributers to the Conservative Party