And it easy to have a go at the Mail. Take their recent front page about the woman who was fined and told to wear an electronic tag for selling a goldfish to a boy of 14. Turn to the Guardian, as all we lefties do, and you find that there was more to the case than that:
An animal welfare officer also found a cockatiel in the shop that was in such distress it had to be put down.
First, what do we think of the practice of using youngsters in this way? Isn't there something a little Pavlik Morozov, a little "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" about it?
Second, it is not just the Daily Mail you can take issue with. The Guardian tells us that the boy was sent to make a test purchase by council staff
investigating a complaint that the shop had previously sold a gerbil to a girl with learning difficulties who put it in a cup of coffee. The rodent subsequently died.