Congratulations on the much-needed improvements in printing and distribution. But there are more ways than one to impede a progressive newspaper.
In this area the Star is a rarity and even when available it is often "under the counter," out of sight or must be asked for.
My local newsagent insists on folding it and placing it in the rack for foreign news - maybe that's a statement. The local Co-op go one better, again folded, next to Racing News.
Disgracefully, some Co-ops do not even stock the Star and will ask: "What is that?" or claim there's no demand for it - you are made to feel like a leper.
In several nearby towns you may find a Star by grovelling around literally at ground level among Motor Cycle News etc.
By contrast the capitalist media often have dedicated news trays for their titles - I sometimes move the Star to one of these so that you can at least see the front cover, rather than half of it.
Is it naive to expect, in a supposed democracy, that all daily newspapers will have fair treatment by the trade? Perhaps the wondrous Leveson inquiry could say something on this.
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