WHILE we all find newspapers entertaining, the real reason that freedom of the press is so important is that it helps expose when our freedoms are being eroded.
This sometimes happens when bureaucrats make demands of people, which they cannot legally support, as in my recent case over growing just fruit trees, on an allotment.
First of all I would like to thank Sol at the Observer for his unwavering encouragement and support. The Observer began covering this allotment item as a bit of a curiosity, but the more he heard of my case, the more Sol understood what Judge Robin Bedford declared last week; there was no breech of contact here and no case to answer.
While this case may well cast some doubt over just how competent Hastings Borough Council is, it also demonstrates beyond any doubt that we have a great paper, which is not afraid to stand up for what is right, even when it comes from an unlikely source such as me.
A champagne toast to the Observer, may it continue to grow from strength to strength!