Monday, 11 May 2009

Veronica Wadley lashes out at the Evening Sorry

It's all been a bit quiet over in Sockland since the Evening Sorry campaign began, although some clues can be found in this laughable statement from leader in exile Veronica Wadley:

"London is laughing at this ludicrous campaign. Saying 'Sorry' for the past smacks of a Soviet courtroom 'confession'. 'Sorry' has all the hallmarks of a KGB-style smear campaign. It denigrates the judgment of 500,000 loyal readers who have been buying the paper in recent years.

And, according to the dozens of emails I have received, it is utterly humiliating for the staff and contributors. They are in despair."


Well at least one of them is.

"The new management seems to think that a paper should be edited by self-serving market research - and the Pravda-style promise of good news is an insult to the intelligence of its readers."

Says Veronica 'Evening Boris' Wadley.


"Under my editorship, the award-winning Standard campaigned against corruption and waste of taxpayers' money at City Hall. The Russian-owned Standard now appears to want to dump Boris Johnson, one of the most popular politicians in the country, and reinstate Ken Livingstone, the discredited mayor who was voted out of office by London.

The Standard, supported by the electorate, called it right and Ken's supporters still cannot deal with that. The Russian owner, motivated by his own political convictions, is plainly out of touch with Londoners.

The 'Sorry' campaign's suggestion that the Standard and its journalists lost touch with London is a malicious invention. Daily, we campaigned for better and safer public transport, a cleaner city, affordable housing, the rights of cyclists and police accountability.


We received endless praise for championing the arts and talents of a great city. And we raised huge sums of money for London charities including most recently over £200,000 for Greenhouse which provides sports facilities for disadvantaged children.

As for Geordie Greig, well, Etonians have a history of collaborating with the KGB."


Ha ha ha! I've had some mixed feelings about the new look Evening Sorry, but this statement has gone some way to redress those.

Now I wonder who could have been sending her those 'dozens of emails'?



-Update- Via Press Gazette comes the new 'positive' front page:

26 comments:

Rayyan said...

Reds under the bed? What a joke.

Didn't Boris go to Eton? Does that mean he too is collaborating with the KGB? It explains why he's cut everything the GLA used to spend money on - perhaps he is siphoning the money off to pay for Putin's botox treatments.

AdamB said...

Ah maybe you've spotted something there Rayyan. Time for a call to Comrade Gilligoon methinks.

Anonymous said...

Yes Wadley campaigned 'against corruption' - with umpteen front pages and billboards all over London. The problem for Wadley and Gilligan is that no corruption was found even by Boris Johnson's kangaroo court! Given the scale of the coverage you would have expected tens of arrests. So Wadley condemns the Standard out of her own mouth as having invented its 'corruption stories'. The Standard's campaign is only worth noting as a case study in journalism textbooks of the type of gutter journalism pioneered by Randolph Hearst.

Anonymous said...

Wadley absolutely ran the Standard into the ground. Not intent with that she hitched up her skirt and took a great big cavier fueled crap on it.

AdamB said...

There is something slightly unhinged about her statement. Does she wish that she could have done more damage?

barry rochford said...

I think the Anonymous contributing above puts it in perspective. The Standard lied about Ken and his administration in order to undermine Ken.
There was no evidence whatsoever of corruption at City Hall. They couldn't argue the politics, so they used smears. The Standard paid a price in its own credibility and they are trying to repair it.
No apology was ever offered to Lee Jasper, but Gilligan still remains. If the Standard were seriously sorry they would be discussing with Gilligan his exit strategy.

Jim said...

Wadley's a moron alright, but having said that the new Standard front page design is awful and I'm not sure London's newspaper readers really need another source of cheerful trivia ...

AdamB said...

I'm not sold on the new fronnt page design either Jim, although I haven't seen a paper copy yet. As someone said on Twitter earlier 'London' looks like it was pasted in as an afterthought. And what's happened to Eros?

As for the new 'positive' slant, I'll believe it when I see it.

Tom said...

I notice that neither Ken nor Boris are involved in the expenses scandal, thus far.

It does look a bit like the Independent on a diet, doesn't it?

Wadley's commie obsession is a bit of a revelation, though. I wonder if she's got close to rabid right wing US influenced think-tanks at any point?

The main point for a red-blooded capitalist like Veronica, surely, is why a paper with London behind it and 500,000 loyal readers is valued by the free market at a quid.

Anonymous said...

Rayyan said...

"It explains why he's cut everything the GLA used to spend money on"

No, the explanation for that is that we're skint.

Those of you with enquiring minds might care to ask why.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"Yes Wadley campaigned 'against corruption'..."

She did mention waste as well. You think Manny Lewis did a good job?

Maybe you didn't hear about the District Auditor's view on the matter. Curiously it wasn't widely covered or discussed here.

AdamB said...

We are attracting a lot of anonymous contributors today. Spin away gentleman/ladies/socks.

Helen said...

Ken claims on his LBC blog that he never claimed any expenses as an MP.

I think Veronica's seen Dr Strangelove too many times.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"...she hitched up her skirt and took a great big cavier fueled crap on it."

Charming. Posting such things anonymously around here is cowardly and frowned upon. Though you seem to have got away with it. You must be on the right (correct) side of the argument.

When I made a joke about someone's duvet cover, an upset teddy bear (Mr Coochy-Coo) sued me for hurt feelings. Never again!

Cavier? Inverse snobbery noted.

Helen said...

That new Standard typeface makes it look as though it's from 1982.

Anonymous said...

barry rochford said...
"There was no evidence whatsoever of corruption at City Hall."

The place was so mismanged it was too difficult to distinguish between corruption and plain incompetence.

AdamB said...

Were you sued AofE? That must have been difficult. How did he track you down?

Mark Lee said...

If the new FP is anything to go by, looks as though they're still keeping to their woeful tabloid-esque stories.

Do people really care about secret love trysts between city tycoons? Or am I just a man with no heart?

PS: The addition of 'London' in the newspaper logo makes me wonder whether they're looking at launching in other cities, sharing a lot of the copy, and with the minor change to the logo. Although that would go against the noises that they've been making about making the paper more "london-centric."

Anonymous said...

AdamB said...
"We are attracting a lot of anonymous contributors today. Spin away gentleman/ladies/socks."

No socks here. I think you know what's what -- you are, after all, a very smart fellow.

Was thinking of setting up a google id -- any suggestions? Was thinking about Toby Gilligan...

Wishing you well.

Anonymous said...

"Were you sued AofE? That must have been difficult. How did he track you down?"

Come on Adam --- you like a good joke as much as the next man!

AdamB said...

Aofe - Please, please do get a Google ID. This thread like others before it has become almost impossible to follow because of the multiple Anonymouses. My suggestion for a name: your own.

Mark Lee - Totally agree about the love tryst stuff. Really dull stuff. I remember reading that Lebedev was considering publishing an edition in Moscow and maybe elsewhere. That might be what's behind the design.

Anonymous said...

AdamB said...
"Aofe - Please, please do get a Google ID."

Ok -- then I will.

Anonymous said...

I thought at first that Veronica's "statement" was a Private Eye-style spoof. It's a KGB plot because the new editor went to Eton? Suporters of the last Mayor have infiltrated the ES' market research projects? The ES campaigned for better public transport?

Guano

AdamB said...

Guano - Ha ha! That would make a great spoof with Wadley as Brown and Gilligan as Mandelson. Anyone with the skills to recreate it?

Anonymous said...

I don't think that anyone can improve on the original. If it appeared in PE just as it is, it wouldn't seem out of place.

It's odd the way that Veronica links the market research findings (and the resultant advertising campaign) with the Ken/Boris thing. It's a sort of admission that the ES became so obsessed with trashing Ken that it annoyed a lot of its readers.

Guano

prj45 said...

"[campagined for] the rights of cyclists"

What utter shite, latterly maybe when it realised Boris rode a bike but before that the Standard was frankly, fucking bloody awful to cyclists on a day by day basis.

(sorry for the swearing but Ms Wadley's revisionism is quite sickening)