Debate with me, or a professional broadcast  interviewer, on TV, the attack on Ed Miliband's father and the role of the Daily Mail in the UK’s national debate
  • Petitioning Paul Dacre

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Editor, Daily Mail & Mail on Sunday
Paul Dacre

Debate with me, or a professional broadcast interviewer, on TV, the attack on Ed Miliband's father and the role of the Daily Mail in the UK’s national debate

    1. Alastair Campbell
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      Alastair Campbell

      London, United Kingdom

Paul Dacre edits the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. It gives him a platform to express his views on a daily basis. It gives him access to the homes of millions of people. It gives him the opportunity to harass and bully and misrepresent and twist the truth to fit his own narrow view of the world. 

But one thing he never does is allow himself to be subject to the kind of scrutiny and questioning he expects of everyone else. That is why I called him a coward, a bully and a hypocrite when he refused to debate the attack on Mr Miliband senior as a man who 'hated Britain', and the use of a photo of his grave. Instead he sent his poor deputy to defend the indefensible in a debate with me on Newsnight. Since then the heads have gone back down below the parapet. 

 I’ve long thought that the Daily Mail under Paul Dacre represents the worst of British values posing as the best. If he believes the opposite, and disagrees that he is a poison in our national life, let him find the courage to debate in public. 

 I’m hoping that if enough of us call on him to do so, Paul Dacre will agree to come into a TV studio and debate, face to face, why he thought it was appropriate to trash the name of a dead man who fought for his country, and continues to debase British public life by peddling poison in the Daily Mail.

Sign my petition and lets try to hold Paul Dacre to account, once and for all.

To:
Paul Dacre, Editor, Daily Mail & Mail on Sunday
Debate with me, or a professional broadcast interviewer, on TV, the attack on Ed Miliband's father and the role of the Daily Mail in the UK’s national debate

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Lisa Irvine LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 14 days ago

      The Daily Mail augments the worst possible viewpoints and attitudes in British Society today

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    • John Clegg WILMSLOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 14 days ago

      I'll sign the petition but I wouldn't expect this foul-mouthed individual to step up and discuss this. He's a bully, and no more worthy than an internet troll - who runs a newspaper.

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    • Anne Duggan LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 14 days ago

      Read the Daily Mail? I'd rather stick pins in my eyes - it's such a hate filled publication, but sad to say, too many people are taken in by its incredibly biased journalism and suck up the poison it peddles as the 'truth'.

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    • Patrick Boys DUNSTABLE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 14 days ago

      I have long felt that freedom of the press is important for democracy in this country. However I am often disgusted by some of the scurrilous articles presented in the Daily Mail which may well have the effect of undermining public support. I certainly would love to see Paul Dacre debate this particular issue on national TV, though I fear he will not have the courage to do so.

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    • Judith Macaulay COLCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 15 days ago

      I cannot understand why Paul Dacre is so reluctant to debate his position publicly! That seems to be a position of shame rather than the pride he professes!

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