Virgin Trains should perhaps be known as the Siberian or Snowflake Express, after in a true Orwellian spirit, it has announced that it has stopped selling the Daily Mail newspaper, due to being triggered by the right-wing content.
Drew McMillan, head of colleague communication and [lefty] engagement at Virgin, told staff in an internal memo: “Thousands of people choose to read the Daily Mail every day. But they will no longer be reading it courtesy of VT.”
Let’s not forget that anti-democratic Virgin chief Richard Branson is very pro-EU and wants the Brexit vote – the will of the people – to be overturned, whilst the Daily Mail is strongly in favour of Brexit.
McMillan ranted about the need for a safe space with only left-wing political views, “There’s been considerable concern raised by colleagues about the Mail’s editorial position on issues such as immigration, LGBT rights and unemployment.”
The Snowflake Express head of comms expressed his support of thought-police, “We’ve decided that this paper is not compatible with the VT brand and our beliefs.”
“We will continue to offer The Times to customers, but we won’t be stocking the Daily Mail for sale or as a giveaway.
“This won’t suit all of our customers or all of our people – it’s certain to draw some criticism. But we’ve listened to many colleagues over the last few months, and we feel that this is the right move to take.”
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage tweeted: “We are heading in a worrying direction. Banning things because you don’t like them solves nothing.”
A spokesman for the Daily Mail spokesman hit back, saying that at a time when fares were rising, it was “disgraceful” that Virgin was announcing that “for political reasons it is censoring the choice of newspapers it offers to passengers”.
He added: “It is equally rich that Virgin chose to launch this attack on free speech in the Aslef trade union journal.
“For the record, Virgin used to sell only 70 Daily Mails a day. They informed us last November that to save space, they were restricting sales to just three newspapers: the Mirror, FT and Times.
“They gave no other reason, but it may be no coincidence that all those titles, like Virgin owner Sir Richard Branson, are pro-Remain.”
What would Richard Branson know about how the EU affects us, the British people? He lives outside the EU in his own island. He moved his business to Switzerland to escape EU laws and taxes.
EU open borders means uncontrolled immigration, higher unemployment, lower British wages and a boost to his profits. Some patriot he is!
Perhaps Virgin Trains should stick to improving their train service and not waste time and resources getting involved in politics. What will Virgin’s customers make of this?
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