Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Article excerpt

One of the first acts of any autocracy is to ban newspapers. Though the present Prime Minister has often expressed his annoyance with the press, his government isn't likely to go that far. Nevertheless, it is intent on making life rather difficult for newspaper and magazine publishers, quite possibly banning some titles from the shelves.

The device is an innocuous-sounding and little-known piece of legislation called the Newspaper and Magazine Recycling Bill, currently winging its way through Parliament, which would make publishers responsible for their product beyond the point of sale. By 2002, for example, The Spectator would have to ensure that 30 per cent of its readers each week dumped the magazine in a recycling bin. This target increases at regular intervals, so that by 1 January 2016, 65 per cent of readers would have to be recycling the magazine; failure to do so would result in the magazine being fined. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.