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Inspired by that wonderfully arousing song "The Green Berets".


In the 30’s they’d support

The Fascists whom we later fought;

Shamelessly the flames they fanned

“Give the blackshirts a helping hand”;

So whether sunshine or in rain

In the gutter they remain:

Still today they rant and rail

No change there then for The Daily Mail>


Unrestrained forever free

To peddle bile and bigotry:

Not for headlines do they lack

“Stop the Boats” and “Send Them Back;

Journalists must pass the test

To sort the good out from the rest:

Some will pass but those who fail

Are doomed to work for The Daily Mail.


Here they stand now those who’ve brought

Their cases to the highest court:

Doreen Lawrence, Elton John

Their privacy shot and gone:

And the Duke of Sussex too

At the head of this queue:

Super sleuths were on the trail

Paid for by The Daily Mail.


Their defence thin and absurd

Is that the case should not be heard:

They’ve crossed the line and what is more

It’s not bad form – they broke the law:

They say what goes round comes around

I’d like to see the rag shut down:

Owners of The Daily Mail

Should not be fined, but go to jail.




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John Coopey

Thu 13th Apr 2023 08:45

Thanks, John. It was alright for our outside bog.

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John Gilbert Ellis

Wed 12th Apr 2023 15:44

Nice piece John and shows the Mail has been consistently bigoted through many a decade.

You can always count on the Daily Fail to keep it classy. I recently found a copy I'd nicked from my parents in 1979. It had the death of Sid Vicious on the cover and some wonderfully daily mailisms e.g. "punk rock star Sid Vicious, the inadequate youth who turned a tasteless pop gimmick into pathetic real life" or "the adolescent who really believed punk joke". As a punk at the time, I was offended by this and I didn't even like Sid Vicious.

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John Coopey

Sun 2nd Apr 2023 13:31

You had very polite teachers, Uilleam. I used to get ATFQ.
And MC, everyone at some time or other has been on the wrong side of history; The Daily Mail is cemented there.

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Sun 2nd Apr 2023 12:53

As my English teacher used to say about writing essays: "keep to the subject":
The Daily Mail's history of, and continuing racism.

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 2nd Apr 2023 12:03

JC - the cotton-trading source of the original Guardian was a
supporter of the Southern cause in the USA that was de facto
"at war" with Lincoln's government and in a policy sense put
the UK in potential conflict with the American administration
whose own policies supported the abolition of the slave trade
with the intention to defeat secession and preserve The Union..
Check the intemperate language from the Guardian's owner
against Lincoln at the time. Inflammatory or what?! The Daily
Mail has had similar historical ownership problems as far as
that sort of thing is concerned. But Mosley's Blackshirts were
already disparaged and despised and soon fell by the wayside
as WW2 approached. I lived and worked in the East End
for a number of years and its history was convoluted in so many ways, not least its place as a haven for many including
communist agistators and anarchists, Their presence and the part they played are often overlooked when mentioning the Mosley mob agitation.back in the day. Interesting how little
has changed in that respect!

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Greg Freeman

Sun 2nd Apr 2023 09:08

Ah, Steve, the two-minute hate! Never realised you could do it in the privacy of your own home!

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John Coopey

Sun 2nd Apr 2023 08:39

Thankyou for your thoughts, Stephen and Uilleam. I’ve just started reading “Palace Pier” and was disappointed to discover that Keith Waterhouse wrote for the DM.

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Stephen Gospage

Sun 2nd Apr 2023 08:03

A proper song with rhythm and rhyme, John. My parents, I'm ashamed to say, bought the Daily Mail. I always remember my dad taking it from the letter box when it was delivered and immediately booing at whoever was pictured on the front page (usually Red Robbo, Ken Livingstone etc). I imagined millions of upstanding citizens doing the same in their hall each morning...

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Sat 1st Apr 2023 22:14

Logical fallacies such as Whataboutery, Red Herrings,Tu Quoque, and the Balance Fallacy abound when discussing such matters: they only serve-as is their intention-to distract from the matter in hand:

*Daily Mail January 1934: "Hurrah for the Blackshirts"-lengthy article.

*Daily Mail 1938
“By Daily Mail Reporter”
“the way stateless Jews from Germany are pouring in from every port of this country is becoming an outrage. I intend to enforce the law to the fullest.”
In these words, Mr. Herbert Metcalfe, the Old st. magistrate referred to the number of aliens entering this country through the “back door”-a problem to which The Daily Mail has repeatedly pointed.""

*In The Daily Mail By Suella Braverman 7 March 2023
"SUELLA BRAVERMAN: The British people have had enough of migrants pouring over the Channel... That’s why stopping the boats is my top priority"

10/10 for consistency!

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John Coopey

Sat 1st Apr 2023 17:52

Not sure The Guardian ever cheer-led for a country we went to war with. And thanks for the Like, Steve.

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 1st Apr 2023 16:08

In the interest of balance (and surprised that The Sun escaped
your attention), may we expect something on The Guardian
after their "mea culpa" following the previously known history
of its origins as the creation of a vehemently anti-Lincoln cotton
trader back in the day, since "Back in the day" (good title?) is hardly free from the endless complaints about what we have
nowaday? What fun!

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Greg Freeman

Sat 1st Apr 2023 13:50

Seconded, John.

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