Kevin Maguire of the Mirror reflected “Mourning loss of The Independent, a vital liberal voice in a British press dominated by Tory papers. Thoughts with good journos losing jobs”. Isabel Hardman of the Spectator mused “So so sad to hear about closure of the Independent, a fine paper with such good people working for it. Will miss writing columns for it”. And, from one unexpected source, came another expression of regret.
In 1998, the Lords backed a ban on so-called “predatory pricing” of newspapers, against the wishes of the Blair Government. As the BBC reported, “The vote follows criticism of Mr Murdoch's News International group for dropping the cover price of The Times from 35p to 20p on Mondays and Saturdays … Rival papers have claimed this is "predatory" price-cutting designed to force weaker competitors, such as The Independent, out of business”.