The Chronicle & Echo seem remarkably unkeen to give me column inches. (Remember I wrote to them requesting space to counter their right wing anonymous "common sense" columnist Pandora?) Where does a freelance writer with an independent mind get a paying gig these days?
The Chron just doesn't want someone challenging their own nice, easy, lazy, conservative editorial stance I think. It's often described as the most typical town in England, Northampton, and the paper's view seems to be that the average reader of the Chron has an average intelligence and an average opinion about everything. Their present columnist Pandora's default setting of self-righteous indignation against political correctness and Gordon Brown and anything else that has happened in the UK since Margaret Thatcher left office suits that patronising view of their readers; and it probably comforts their advertisers too, who after all are local businessmen, and I would bet in 98 cases out of 100 Tory voters of extremely average intelligence themselves. They don't want someone getting into serious moral and ethical questions about the issues of the day, especially not from a liberal/ leftish standpoint as I do, quoting Kerouac and Leo Tolstoy along the way because a) they disagree with me personally, and b) in their vanity they assume all of their readers agree with them and would abandon the paper in droves if I were in it, thereby missing their advertisements. Which is very likely completely untrue and sells the whole population short, in my opinion (and you can take my opinion as average or not, as you please).