Yesterday Tabloid Watch blogged about the Daily Star front page that claimed the £ had been ‘banned’ by ‘barmy Eurostar bosses’. In fact, Eurostar had simply conducted a seven-day trial during which they were not accepting cash payments in sterling in their buffet bar. This trial was initiated because Eurostar had ‘seen a decline in the number of cash-based sterling transactions as more customers choose to pay using debit cards’ (which were still accepted during the trial). After the 7 day trial Eurostar accepted the feedback of customers – who wanted to keep using Sterling – and have now continue to accept payments in sterling as they did before.
Today the Mail on Sunday Reporter has described this as: ‘Pound stays as Eurostar is forced to backtrack’, stating that:
Eurostar has dropped a controversial plan to stop accepting the pound on its trains after outrage among British passengers.
So, a simple 7-day trial in which customers were given the chance to express their desire to pay in sterling becomes a ‘controversial plan to stop accepting the pound’ and the end of the trial and the acceptance of feedback given becomes ‘Eurostar forced to backtrack’. If Eurostar had actually decided overnight to no longer accept Sterling transactions permanently, then by all means call it ‘backtracking’, but not when it is simply a trial.
Granted, it’s not as silly as the Daily Star effort, but when you consider the Mail on Sunday also took the time to quote the permanently outraged (and, frankly, moronic) Tory David Davies it’s still shoddy journalism.