Around fifty people demonstrated to mark the closure of the News of the World outside the newspaper’s Glasgow office this afternoon.
While many of those attending expressed sympathy with the “ordinary workers” who had lost their jobs, the overwhelming mood of the demonstration was one of joy that the title, long seen as an opponent of the Trade Unions was to publish it’s last edition tomorrow.
One of the event organisers. Keir McKechnie said “We are here to celebrate the fact that Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has been exposed for their corruption and lies, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Today is a victory for people power but the campaign must go on”.
Also at the rally were members of the Defend Tommy Sheridan campaign who believe that the revelations about phone hacking by the newspaper and the launch of an inquiry by Strathclyde police into evidence presented at the Tommy Sheridan trial gives new impetus to their campaign.
A member of the DTSC, Joyce Drummond recalled Andrew Coulson, a former editor of the News of the World, appearing as a witness at the Tommy Sheridan trial. In court Mr Coulson ended his evidence by winking at Mr Sheridan. Said Joyce, “Tommy has been instrumental in bringing Coulson down. Who’s winking now?”
The campaigners were also keen to “Keep the Pressure on Murdoch,” asking passers by to boycott other News International titles. One demonstrator remarked about today’s hot weather, “This is the only Sun we want to see in Glasgow”.