Our friend the amiable Cartoon Blogger (aka Dave Walker) has been received a “cease & desist” order from SSG, the (not very) charitable trust that took over the SPCK chain of bookstores. For some while Dave has been faithfully blogging this story, giving the perspective of those who have worked in the bookshops and providing a platform for their grievances. He has complied with the demand for the very good reasopn that he doesn’t have the resources to face a legal battle, and I don’t blame him for that. He has removed all of the “offending” material from his site.
There might be some who think that this is acceptable behaviour from an organisation that presents itself as Christian, but to me it looks like bullying and intimidation. Fortunately, you can still read what Dave has had to say…
Simply google the posts then read them from the cached versions. For example:
SSG files for bankruptcy
Charity Commission to investigate SSG
SPCK/SSg Bookshop news
SSG: Bankruptcy papers received, employees not paid
Former SPCK shops: Is SSG’s ‘bankruptcy’ legitimate?
I know it sometimes feels as if google is taking over the world, but here they’re doing us all a favour. Let’s see SSG’s lawyers trying to take on the big boys in Mountain View, California.
Not so tough now, I’ll bet.
Update: Even the post announcing the censorship has gone now. Nil desperandum, Dave. Nil desperandum.