The local Press newspaper is generally an asset to the City.We are fortunate, in a world of instant social media access to news, that we have retained a daily newspaper which can provide some local context and editorial depth.
But yesterday they got it baldy wrong when they ran a story about the apparent imminent arrival of 6o refugees into the City.
In reality we can expect a trickle of refugees starting sometime in 2016 – a fact that had been know for several days.
Most will be fleeing terrorism. Their profile is likely to reflect many religions and age groups, although the Government are known to be prioritising the resettlement of orphans.
However, even worse than the timing of the Press story, was the way it was presented on the paper’s front page.
With much of the western world still in a state of shock over the Paris killings, a sensitive editor would have avoided either militaristic images or comments likely to stir up anti migrant sentiments.
Putting the two together was crass.
It maybe that the move of editorial control of the paper to Bradford is to blame?
Whatever the reason, the newspaper did a disservice yesterday to the existing and potential residents of our City