The Standard Repents


The London Evening Standard's new owner and editor are washing their hands of the paper's recent editorial past by launching an ad campaign which apologises to Londoners for "losing touch", "being negative", "taking you for granted", "being complacent", "being predictable".

They could also have chucked in "denigrating the city we serve by pandering to the prejudices of home county commuters" but their list isn't a bad start.

The paper was recently sold by Associated Newspapers and the ads represent a significant statement of intent, underlined by the fact that've given Ken Livingstone a column this week.

We hope that their repentance extends as far as South East London and we can look forward to some consideration of the issues that matter most to those in this part of the city.

In a similar vein we'd like to say sorry to Max Calo for this piece we wrote a couple of years back. Although we still believe that a new pool in central Lewisham is preferable, the headline was needlessly provocative and we should have given more credit to the original campaign and have more consideration to the idea that Ladywell Pool should be kept, regardless of whether a new one materialises.

It's a post that we occasionally recall with a shudder, so it feels good to unburden ourselves. We stand by every other word we've ever uttered, of course.

14 comments:

Comment said...

Where's the link?

Brockley Nick said...

I presume you mean 'where's the link, please'?

Comment said...

I asked in a nice tone of voice Nick dear.

max said...

I'm touched, I'll buy you a drink when the occasion presents.
I guess I need to think up someone I need to say sorry now.
(btw yes it's the wrong link)

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, I see there's been a moderation tantrum on this thread.

Brockley Nick said...

Fixed. Sorry. :)

The Cat Man said...

hey, theres nothing wroung with home counties commuters - they help pay for all the lovely housing benefits given to the poor people of lewisham!

Anonymous said...

So, middle class tossers complaining about other middle class tossers then...

mungier than thou?

Brockley Nick said...

Nice one anon. Very clever what you did there.

Anonymous said...

Gosh he's annoyed.

Crofton Parker said...

Saw these ads all the way up a tube escalator the other day and couldn't believe it. But apologies should be more specific. And the ones relating to the Standard's Friday colour magazine should be billboard-sized. My god that thing. The editor must be Bertie Wooster's Aunt Dahlia. Except her mag Milady's Boudoir was slightly less pants-wettingly thrilled to bits with aristocrats.

Anonymous said...

Well, well, well
Yeah, yeahSo what made you come around?
Patriotism, plus my dad dropped the hammer, said I needed a real jobYour dad is right, What's he do?
He's a bloggerReally? Well, he's still right
I know, but it's hard to take from a man wearing pyjamasDoonesbury. 4.5.09

Lep Recorn said...
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Lep Recorn said...

(Sorry - spelling error and do not want to get flamed!)

On a completely different bent - Crystal Palace Pool has re-opened. Currently on limited hours, so check first, the water is wonderfully clear but seems a little warm. The new scoreboard features a huge digital clock making it east to time your lengths (and realise how much speed you have lost)!

Unfortunately the front of house staff have been retained, have not been retrained, and still greet you with a scowl and a moan.

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