This Writer is delighted that the unqualified George Osborne has been named as the new editor of the London Evening Standard.

He has no journalistic qualifications, therefore his appointment means everybody in need of a job can now apply for any job going, no matter what the stated requirements may be – and justify it with the words “George Osborne”. It means all jobs are now open to everyone.

(I know. Employers would turn down unqualified applications in exactly the same way they do now – but if Mr Osborne becoming editor of the Standard leads to an increase in such job requests, it might encourage them all to think again before giving high-profile, big-money jobs to performing monkeys like our ex-Chancellor.)

And, of course, this heralds a new era of nonsense-masquerading-as-news from the mainstream media, of which the Standard has been, well, a standard-bearer. In fact, we know that mass media news reporting has been a mess, hugely biased towards right-wing politics, for many years now – but there could be no louder way to confirm it than by appointing Osborne as a newspaper editor.

The announcement has created the opportunity for a moment of solidarity among all sides of the Labour Party. Even This Writer can agree with Wes Streeting’s comment that the announcement would go down “like a cold bucket of sick”.

And how did the social media react? Here are some great Twitter responses:

In fact, it seems only one person outside the Standard‘s corporate structure was willing to welcome Mr Osborne’s appointment:

What the blazes did Sadiq Khan think that would achieve?

What does this mean for the future of the news in the UK?

It means you should get your news from This Site, from The Canary, from Skwawkbox, and from other social media sites. Avoid the mainstream like the plague because all you’ll get from now on is silly right-wing propaganda.

Former Chancellor George Osborne has been appointed editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper.

The BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan said Mr Osborne intended to stay on as MP for Tatton, in Cheshire.

The paper said Mr Osborne, who was sacked as chancellor after Theresa May became prime minister in July, would edit it “four days a week”.

Mr Osborne had ambitions to be a journalist as a young man. He failed to get a place on The Times‘ trainee scheme after graduating from Oxford University in 1992 and was briefly a freelance reporter on the Daily Telegraph‘s diary column.

Source: George Osborne to become editor of London Evening Standard

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