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by Mark Zalewski
December 24, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van der Poel, Vos take wins at Diegem; UK Anti-Doping Agency investigators search British Cycling HQ; British Cycling names new performance director; Van der Haar to return at Heusden-Zolder; Johan Museeuw rides 24 hours for charity; Brian Cookson offers a year in review; Esteban Chaves voted most friendly by media; Sunday Times editor says dooring article was ‘heavy irony’; London truck drivers given cyclist training; Sagan is not good at everything; Happy holidays!
In response to Cycling UK’s calls for the the Sunday Times to apologise for Roy Liddle’s column, in which he wrote that ‘dooring’ of cyclists should be encouraged, Bob Tyrer, the Executive Editor, dismissed the article as merely “heavy irony.”
Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle. Photo: Paul Murphy (Creative Commons)
Tyrer went on to excuse Liddle’s writing as he is merely “a commentator on human foibles, not a diplomat.”
“Obviously Mr Tyrer and the Sunday Times will be perfectly content that there is no danger that heavy irony might just be abuse by excuse, and that Liddle’s previous comments that too few cyclists are being killed on our roads, in no way reflect his real views, but rather display the literary wizardry of heavy irony,” Cycling UK’s Duncan Dollimore wrote.
“Mr Tyrer does concede that Liddle’s humour might not be to everyone’s taste, which might explain the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) ruling back in 2015 regarding Liddle’s article in the Sun, where he, presumably with heavy sarcasm, mocked Emily Brothers’ gender identity and disability. Disappointingly, neither she nor IPSO understood Liddle’s sophisticated literary technique.”
Both Cycling UK’s CEO Paul Touhy, and May Hamilton, the widow of Robert Hamilton, who was killed in a dooring incident, wrote letters to the Sunday Times, asking for an apology.
Click through to read more at Cycling UK.