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