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Editor: F Lennier. BA (hons) (Mrs)

1 July

Know the danger of the gifts you are offered

Mrs Corkerham and Miss Doreen Davies have provided a manifesto for their election as Trustees. I think it is pretty clear about what they want to do. No more free speech. No more brave opinions. Instead we have promises of knitting circle news and morally vetted commentary on matters of which those ladies approve. That frightens me more than snakes, or even millipedes on the loose. Because that means you have to listen only to what they want you to hear and know and we give over to them the decision of what is right and what is interesting.

I promise not to engage in such censorship. I have not done so and I am proud of my achievements. The letterbox is, it is fair to say, full of complaints. But that is how it should be. A fearless newspaper necessarily ruffles feathers. Real news (and for that matter entertainment) is not possible without prodding the behinds of a few holy cows.

So, if I keep the editorship of the Harbinger I shall continue the current policy. Free rein to all opinions and promises to publish even the criticisms. Especially the criticisms. We will err but, I understand my horoscope confirms that I am the type of woman who will be strong and brave and proceed despite the puissant blows and polished words which may be hurled at me.

I ask the contributors to back me and vote in favour of freedom and independence. To vote in favour of an interesting newspaper which tries to cater for all. But also I ask the villagers and readers of this paper to back me and to let the contributors (who will vote) their views.

This newspaper is well funded and will continue to drop through your letterboxes. Do you want to receive something you can read but which may occasionally disturb your (or your neighbours) calm or do you want to give Miss Doreen Davies a platform in your living room to lecture you on what you should and should not be doing?

Up to you. I shall fight the good fight at the meeting later this month.

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