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The “killing vegans” row isn’t about free speech—it’s about professional behaviour

Maybe William Sitwell shouldn't have had to resign. But most people don’t delude themselves that they can be as rude as they like at work without facing any reprisal

By Stephanie Boland  

Millenials aren't snowflakes—they just want people to be decent at work. Photo: PA

“‘Killing vegans’ foodie gets chop,” ran the Evening Standard headline on William Sitwell’s resignation from Waitrose Food magazine. The former editor stepped down this week after he sent a rude e-mail to a freelance journalist who pitched a column of vegan recipes. (You can read the exchange here.) In response, various writers and editors have expressed outrage. Should he really have to lose his job over a private e-mail? Wasn’t it just a joke? Can’t we make…

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