Stop Liddle campaign raising donations for an Indy ad

The facebook group campaigning to ensure that Rod Liddle does not become editor of the Independent are asking for donations to buy an advert in the paper.

The facebook group campaigning to ensure that Rod Liddle does not become editor of the Independent are asking for donations to buy an advert in the paper.

An email to the facebook group this afternoon read:

I’m writing again to tell you about our next plan – a simple way that you can help stop Rod Liddle being in charge of your paper.

This Facebook group has caused serious doubts on the parts of Alexander Lebedev about whether to go ahead. I’ve been told by several sources close to the top of the Independent that this appointment looked like a “done deal”, but the Facebook group “has caused real panic and second thoughts.” Lebedev is still considering Liddle, but with ever greater reservations …

So I’m asking you to donate whatever you can – £1 to £10 or more – to make this happen. We need to raise just £500 to place the ad. The decision about the editorship is due to be made in the next few weeks, so we don’t have a lot of time, but I am confident we can get there.

The advert, which plays on the old Independent slogan “It is, Are you?” is hoping to raise £500 for a small advert across two columns. If the advert is rejected the funds will be donated to Refuge – the charity for victims of domestic violence; the Refugee Council; and the Campaign Against Climate Change. Liddle has accepted a caution for hitting his wife, has criticised people fleeing countries like Somalia, and is a renowned climate sceptic.

Online civic organisation 38 Degrees are collecting the donations.

Image hat-tip: Liberal Conspiracy & Beau Bo D’Or

UPDATE 19.20

I’ve just heard that 80 per cent of the target has been reached. If you want to help the campaign get over the edge, donate here.

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