"Quite simply, we believe that it is more important to fund Rape Crisis Centres than press officers?"
Friday, 29 May 2009
Thursday, 28 May 2009
"The RMT leadership has failed to engage in any meaningful talks on pay, instead submitting a wildly unrealistic claim"
"should get a grip."
"I won't talk about individual salaries"
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
- How many people do you know who speak like this?
- Miranda looked familiar.
- Why does Mark look so glum?
Name: Miranda WilliamsBio: Knitter and Socialist, living in London working for an MP
"I'd just like to say that I moved to the borough two and a half years ago. I'm very excited that we have got the Olympics here in London and in Greenwich as well and I can't believe how narrow minded and short sighted and nimbyist so many people are being..."
-Update- Miranda is now a Labour councillor in Greenwich.
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
"to defeat damaging bloggers, and also confront the constant criticism of politicians, both locally and nationally which only serves "to reduce voter turnout and help party's like the BNP".Mayor Coleman said:“There are a few people that I would not like to thank, those bloggers that think anyone involved in civic life whether it is an elected politicians or professional officers is fair game for personal abuse and whose mission it is to undermine and denigrate. Whilst mayor of this borough I will not tolerate anyone in this chamber or outside who regard it cool and trendy to undermine democratic institutions, and I do not have time for those who have community criticism rather (than) community service".
- Spending tens of thousands of pounds on taxis whilst claiming for a free travel card.
- Laying on £88 a head meals for himself and pals at City Hall
- Leading failed attempts to increase his £100,000 allowances
- Telling British Olympic champions that they have the blood of Tibetans on their hands
- Calling his constituents "idiots"
- Telling a victim of police violence that she had it coming.
- Using GLA resources to warn off his critics
- Claiming £10k in legal fees and then lying about it to the press
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Monday, 18 May 2009
"Nick Griffin's organization has found a new way of spreading its election propaganda. The BNP are paying for advertising space on the websites of local newspapers. Many of these adverts consist of a large banner headline that stretches across the top of the front page above the newspaper's title."They make local newspaper websites look like a BNP publication, with the slogans of the extreme right-wing party dominating the page. Other formats include a simple BNP logo and a video box. Clicking on the adverts takes the reader via a link straight to the BNP's website. All titles noted so far belong to the giant 'Newsquest' group that owns hundreds of local newspapers across the country, and has 164 of what it calls 'local media brand websites'."
Newsquest is committed to encouraging diversity throughout its workforce.Our mission is to publish market-leading newspapers which reflect the views of the communities they serve.To that end, our diversity programme encourages a workforce that reflects local demographics and provides equality and fairness for all who work for us.We are committed to:
- Encouraging diversity throughout our business
- Upholding our equal opportunities policies
- Monitoring progress in managing diversity
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Then they employ a cuddly bear...
And then Andrew Gilligan writes a half-decent article.
We're through the looking glass here London.
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
"In Barking and Dagenham alone three weeks ago there was a murder of a young girl, we don't know who's done it, her girlfriend was attacked inside an Educational institute."Again two weeks ago there was another attack by knives on the streets of Barking and Dagenham and two people were murdered."
Monday, 11 May 2009
- Clunky new masthead? Check
- 'Who cares?' story about an affair? Check
- City kids did good story? Check
- City kids did bad story? Check
- Taxodus? Check
- House price obsession? Check
- New snooty columnist? Check
- Scrutiny of Boris
- Transport coverage
- South London coverage
"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:
Friday, 8 May 2009
"After viewing web-cast footage of the [select committee] meeting, the GLA’s Sub-Committee did find that, at one point, the Mayor did say “nonsense, bollocks, nonsense.” The GLA’s Sub- Committee considered that, in itself, the term “bollocks” is not disrespectful, and noted that none of the members of the Select Committee took offence.
"In addition to this, the GLA’s Sub-Committee were of the view that the Mayor said this word quietly, under his breath, and then quickly sought to correct himself by repeating the word “nonsense.” For these reasons, along with the fact that the Select Committee was a political arena, the GLA’s Sub-Committee concluded that the Mayor’s use of the term “bollocks” was not a failure to treat others with respect, and did not bring his office or the Authority into disrepute."
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
"London is a Conservative City. We control all of the boroughs. Last year we demonstrated we dominate London-wide politics and on June 4th we will be crushing all of the other parties in London..."We have had a demonstration this morning of how ridiculous proportional representation really is. Because of a squalid stitch up between a rag bag of minorities, has meant that this Assembly in its every day activities is dominated by people who do not represent London."
"In moving [for Andrew Boff instead of Johnson] the Assembly will have a Chairman who will not be briefed against by their own group. Who will turn up at functions when he is expected to turn up at functions. Who will not have to be accompanied by an officer on to the eighth floor in case they say something out of place or surrender without a fight..."Who can make a decent speech at a public function. Who does not need a word for word briefing for Assembly meetings and can deal with unexpected occurrences whether they're in the public gallery or on the floor of this chamber. Who can restore the dignity of this Assembly and reassert its authority in relation to the Executive and allow this Assembly to do the job that Londoner's elected it to do..."and who also won't serve roast beef without horseradish sauce at dinner."
-Update- Nick points out in the comments that the Tory group made a very similar 'stitch-up' deal with the Lib Dems in 2004. Hypocrites.
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Monday, 4 May 2009
"The market research evidently discovered that Londoners considered the paper to be too negative, not celebratory enough and guilty of failing to cater for the capital's needs. A great city with great facilities was being persistently talked down."Greig's response to the findings was to deal with them head on. He takes the view that the only possible way to win back readers who have deserted, and attract new ones, is to be honest and admit to previous failings."
"Sorry for being complacent" photo taken by @robblemitchell