All the world’s a stage for the trans ultras

Oct 8, 2019 by

by Stephen Pollard, UnHerd:

Theatreland’s bible has caved into activists’s demands and cancelled articles about gender-neutral loos.

Editing a newspaper is the best job in the world. I’ve been doing it for more than 10 years and there’s not been a week when I haven’t found the whole process thrilling.

But I’m going to let you into secret. Part of the thrill is annoying people. Let me put it this way: if you don’t enjoy the idea of people reading your paper and spluttering with indignation, you’re in the wrong job. A newspaper that doesn’t challenge its readers — that simply reflects their views — is not only going to be soporific. It’s also betraying the very idea of a free press.

In which context, let me introduce you to Alistair Smith, the editor of The Stage.

On Friday and Monday, Mr Smith published two pieces from freelance writers on either side of a debate about the Old Vic theatre’s loos. Within minutes of the pieces appearing on The Stage’s site, they were removed. When you find out why, you learn much about the state of public debate and modern issues of free speech.

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