Bournemouth Daily Echo publish 'The Big Debate'
The Bournemouth Daily Echo recently published two articles, one from us and one
from the National Trust, under the general heading 'The Big Debate'. At the time
of writing, no further contributions to the debate have appeared, despite an
undertaking from the paper's Managing Editor to investigate thoroughly all
aspects of the dispute and to give us fair coverage (rather than the sneering,
patronising commentary penned by one of the paper's regular columnists).
National Trust's contribution sidesteps most of the issues and is little more than a spewing
forth of familiar, misleading National Trust propaganda. They attempt to belittle and
dismiss SUN Group by putting our name in speech marks, and claim to have the
backing of the Parish Council.
In response to two letters, we have now been told by
the Parish Council that they have had no discussions with the National Trust about naturist
use of the beach and heath - is this another National Trust lie?
Last year, the National Trust claimed that the nudist beach was
900 metres long and that the naturist area covered 23 acres - to most people a
meaningless measurement, but that isn't the point. This year they have claimed
that the beach is "950 metres long and the naturist area includes 35 acres
of heathland" and in the Echo article that the area "covers
nearly a kilometre (24 acres) of the beach".
You might be forgiven for
assuming, from this, that there have been two adjustments to the so-called
boundary. Not so - nothing has changed.
To paraphrase Disraeli, there are three
kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and National Trust statements!
are reproduced in full in our
so you can judge for yourselves the relative quality of the arguments.