After a few weeks hiding from helicopters (or whatever else it is that he does with his time) Andrew Gilligan has come back whining:
In a long and rambling article (supposedly about Iran) he manages to squeeze in yet another swipe at those nasty London bloggers who said those nasty nasty things about him:
"In London, various blogs obsessively attack the Mayor.
After a year of their work, according to the polls, he was 10 points more popular than before they started"
Well I'm not sure that recent polling evidence entirely stands up to that, but never mind. What else?
Below the radar, powerful commercial interests and PR companies are creating fake “online communities”, tweets, blogs and commenters on blogs, to covertly push the corporate line.
Wal-Mart was caught at it in America recently, and several bloggers here also have undeclared links to interest groups or individuals that they plug.
What, like your links to your former employer and good friend "Bozza" Johnson?
Or to your secret "partner" and muse 'Kennite'?
I mean seriously Andrew. Reading you complaining about unreliable sources is like reading Alastair Campbell complaining about unreliable journalists.
And just because Boris is still popular a year on, doesn't mean that his old friend is.
I mean what does it say about the one-time 'journalist of the year' that (until just now) his employers no longer even recognised him as one of their columnists
-Friday Update- Apparently Gilligan is now leaving the Evening Standard. The Guardian are reporting that he will become the Telegraph's London Editor. But they like bloggers there Andrew!