posted on Feb, 17 2010 @ 10:36 PM
The Managing Editor of the Daily Mail, Mr. Garside, telephoned me (on 23rd December 2009), in addition to kindly wishing me a happy Christmas, to
advise that in view of the fact that "there may be a link" between knife metaphors and knife crime (esp. homicide), the newspaper will no longer
print knife metaphors.
This I knew in 2001 - I told them in over 30 documented written/email communications since 2001, and in over 100 phone calls between July 2001 and
December 2009 including calls to and from the Executive Managing Editor, Mr. Esser, to and from the Managing Assistant Editor, Mr. Garside, to and
from the PA to the Executive Managing Editor, Miss McGirr, the Chief Executive Martin Morgan's PA, the former Chief Executive Charles Sinclair, and
attempted calls to the Director/Chief Editor Mr.Dacre, but he himself was never ever available to speak to, even at one time despite assurance from
Mr. Chappell, the Managing Editor of the Times newspaper, that he would personally telephone me in response to the "Open Letter" I published in the
Times at a cost to me of £1,820, which I had saved up by working at my local 'Blockbusters' video store (on a wage of £5.52 an hour!) - seeking
cease & desist of use of knife metaphor cacophemisms and dysphemisms.
Many ex-murderers wrote to me after publication of my article in Inside Time, the newspaper for prisoners, last year, to say that they had committed
their murder or violent crime/s having been given a catalytic trigger in a headline of the Daily Mail / Mail on Sunday.
The last knife metaphor cacophemism used was the double-page spread "KNIVES ARE OUT FOR ALESHA", which my data suggests led to 6 murders in the UK
in the 7 days following. This was the last time that the knife metaphor cacophemism is used, I have been assured.
Hence, with very great sadness and regret, I expect to see them go bankrupt, as soon as possible, for what they have done.