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Dear Beagle Weekly Editor,

The reader who pointed out the socialist leanings of your news site has put us all on notice: Any of us wanting to know more about political foment down here in the Deep South need only apply to join with other subscribers to the local communist party who evidently hold meetings under the Beagle Weekly Editor’s bed!

However something about that reader’s analysis of Beagle Weekly’s political bias doesn’t seem entirely consistent or, in turn, not coloured by his own partisan leanings which he is admirably honest about. Why, only a couple of months back, a glowing panegyric in Beagle Weekly to local State Member Andrew Constance was so gushing that it could almost have been a puff-piece written by his flack-handler!

Notwithstanding the unfortunate issue of gender representation his party’s State executive have recently presided over (of which Ann Sudmalis’ engineered demise is an unedifying example closer to home and of which, at a national level, a quick look at both sides of the House at Question Time during news telecasts is almost embarrassing for the woeful lack of current female representation it reveals amongst Liberal Party ranks), the last we heard, Constance was a fully paid-up member of the NSW Liberals: Hardly a qualification as a doctrinaire socialist! So, ergo, what does that make The Beagle Weekly?

In the interests of non-partisanship, we’d like to see the same reader write a similarly critical disquisition to the local Nine-Fairfax press on its record across the board over the last couple of years, post management retrenchments, and see whether that is also published (unedited)? The emergence of Beagle Weekly in only a comparatively short time as a widely-read source for the real news on local issues, precisely because of its outspokenness, has not transpired in a vacuum: i.e. it has clearly filled a gap and met a need in the marketplace very much including, it seems, even that of some of its critics, friendly and unfriendly alike?


Fitzroy Boulting


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