Chris Snowdon, managing director of Working Partners, said: ‘Erin Hunter is not a single person but a diverse team of creatives and writers.’Well, there's diversity and then there's diversity. Clearly, this was the wrong sort.
‘The decision taken was not in direct response to the nature of Gillian’s personally expressed views.’What horrendous views does she hold, then, that require sacking? Does she want women chained to the kitchen sink? Does she think gay couples are an abomination?
It came after the writer, who has penned a popular series of books for eight-to-12-year-olds, added the hashtag #IStandWithJKRowling to her Twitter handle.Ah. Of course. She holds the only wrong opinion that matters to the mad (and tiny and totally unrepresentative) vocal trannie mob on Twitter...
After Ms Philip received sexualised abuse and deaths threats from the trans lobby, she tweeted ‘Bring it on, homophobes and lesbian-haters’ – which only inflamed the situation.Yes, how dare she do anything but cower in fear and swear never to voice her opinion ever again?
Within 24 hours, James Noble, managing editor of Working Partners, replied to the barrage of complaints saying: ‘The worlds created by Erin Hunter are meant to be inclusive for all readers and we want to let you know that Gillian Philip will no longer be writing any Erin Hunter novels.’So what have you told your audience of young readers, Chris and James?
That if they are sufficiently motivated to make a fuss, the bullies will always win? That good people can be crushed and defeated by mere words? That a good employer will never stand by an employee who is attacked?
Great life lessons for youngsters, I'm sure parents will agree...