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Is there a growing hate the Mail newspaper cult


bumpkin

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Being a relative newcomer to Speakers Corner and having now read many of the posts I am surprised at the number of negative remarks regarding the Mail newspaper and it's staff. I invite those who feel that way to give their reasons.

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SillBill

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Polio was almost eradicated even before Gates thought about providing funds.

Makes a good story, though

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Quickbeam

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You might as well ask if the sun rises in the east.

Personally I think all papers have their own personal bias to push and a little twist of salt like we used to get with crisps should come with them.

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Phil Ocifer

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I don't read any of the dailys. If one comes across my path I might remove the crossword and soduko.

I believe that all newspapers have their own agenda and political persuasion so I'd rather opt out.

If I want the news I'll go to the BBC thanks, TV Or website. OK, I appreciate the BBC may shuffle towards the right, but their website is excellent in that it is advert free and each page loads in seconds without fail. That's what you want in a website - for it just to be there, and quickly.

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Forum Editor

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SillBill

"Polio was almost eradicated even before Gates thought about providing funds."

No it wasn't, which is why Bill Gates is getting involved.

Polio is still endemic in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan, and it has re-established transmission in three countries which were previously polio-free (Angola, Chad and Democratic Republic of the Congo).

Several more countries had ongoing outbreaks in 2011 due to importations of poliovirus.

Even after eradication there is a need for money to be spent on minimising the risks of poliovirus re-introduction and the emergence of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus.

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Al94

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SillBill is correct to a degree although "almost eradicated" goes too far in terms of achievement.

When Rotary started the PolioPlus program, more than 350,000 children worldwide were infected annually by this crippling and sometimes fatal disease. In 2008, fewer than 2,000 children were infected, a reduction of more than 99 percent which was a massive reduction prior to Gates involvement. Rotary members have helped immunize more than 2 billion children in 122 countries.

As FE states, the relentless push to complete the job must be sustained otherwise it will re establish which is where the funding from Gates Foundation will impact.

The challenges are much more than financial, in December 2012 five aid workers were shot dead by Islamic militants in Pakistan which resulted in a temporary suspension of the vaccination programme. Taliban insurgents have repeatedly denounced the anti-polio campaign as a western plot.

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Bing.alau

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I like the "Daily Mail"..

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WhiteTruckMan

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I find it interesting that here at least the right wing media outlet(s) seem to attract far more criticism that the left wing ones.

WTM

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WhiteTruckMan

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fourm member

Or the BBC?

WTM

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Aitchbee

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A rag that showcased Harry Hill [Topman comedian] in it's saturday pull-out section front page, gets my respect ... but not my money. I gets it for my big sis every saturday ... she forks out the 90p. It's full of rubbish, IMHO.

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john bunyan

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I think that the paper version is much better than the on line one - no glamour girls. Some of the columnists , as forum member says, are a bit extreme, but one reads them with a pinch of salt.All news needs to be evaluated sceptically from whatever source or newspaper. He does not mention Quentin Letts, who is the parliamentary and theatre correspondent - I think he is excellent. Also the puzzles are good for me - the pull out ones keep my old brain a little active for about 1/2 hour a day. The paper cannot be all bad unless those who dislike it are saying that its readers are idiots.

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