Thursday, 12 June 2008

Will Boris Johnson bring back "The Londoner'?

The Mayor's newsletter 'The Londoner,' famously described by Boris Johnson as 'that 'Pyongyang style freesheet' may now return in another form.

Despite promising to save £3 million a year by axing the publication, a report on expected redundancies at City Hall admits that while:

The Mayor made a policy decision (to axe the Londoner) it is not known if there will be a journal online or in another format at present. There may, in the future, be proposals to create a new structure but this is not clear at present and therefore posts are not formally at risk.

Whether or not the Londoner returns may largely depend on the success of Boris's upcoming role as a columnist in London's local newspapers. Boris gained the job as official mouthpiece for the league of City Hall tractor producers, after wining and dining the capital's newspaper editors during the campaign. 

So while the fruits of this particular labour have not been harvested for now, we should be expecting tales from Boris's glorious revolution, one way or another, any time soon.


Toneytony said...

'Will Boris Johnson bring back the 'Londoner'?'

err and break another promise?

and have yet another outlet for Boris propaganda?

I guess he will be thinking long and hard about that one.

Anonymous said...

The Pyong Yang style freesheet is dead... long live the lynton crosby style press release.

Tommy said...

I never understood why he got rid of it in the first place. He's not been averse to blanket positive coverage elsewhere.

It's also worth pointing out that scrapping it allows the BNP to take control of the name which they are now trying to use for their own freesheet.

stuart_graham said...

Why would Boris need a freesheet when he has the Evening Standard who make anything Pyonyang could produce look neutral?

Martin from MayorWatch said...

As we reported previously

"there are fears that scrapping The Londoner could inadvertently aid the BNP. The Greater London Authority currently has a registered trademark for the term covering newsletters distributed by the Mayor. If the Authority ceases to use the mark for the registered services it could eventually be removed from the register of trademarks.

In February the Authority threatened the BNP with a trademark infringement lawsuit after the party was found to be distributing leaflets under the same name. If the mark were to be struck off or ceased to be used such action would become impossible."

a very public sociologist said...

Boris as an unlikely ally against the BNP's nefarious schemes? British politics gets weirder and weirder.