Branson Backs Down: Virgin Trains Will Stock Mail

Virgin Trains has reversed its decision not to stock the Daily Mail on its services and will revert to selling the newspaper, Richard Branson announced this morning. Branson backed down in a statement:

“Freedom of speech, freedom of choice and tolerance for differing views are the core principles of any free and open society. While Virgin Trains has always said that their passengers are free to read whatever newspaper they choose on board West Coast trains, it is clear that on this occasion the decision to no longer sell The Mail has not been seen to live up to these principles… I have instructed our team at Virgin Trains to reconsider this decision and re-stock the Daily Mail while they undertake a full review of their sales policy, making clear that this policy should not single out individual media titles.”

Motorboat’ Branson has had several notable appearances in the news pages recently. Press-hating vendetta groups such as Stop Funding Hate, who welcomed the ban, will be gutted. What a shame…


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