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.
Things we won't read about in the Standard:
– Financial dealings of Blackrock
– The failures of austerity
– Failure to hit deficit targets
— Mark Ferguson (@Markfergusonuk) March 17, 2017
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:
My threshold for being shocked just rose a little more: George Osborne new Editor of Evening Standard. And it's not even fake news.
— Andrew Neil (@afneil) March 17, 2017
Oh FFS. He can't even spell his name yet. https://t.co/oHSghPOX3e
— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) March 17, 2017
how to shoot yourselves in the foot in one easy lesson… London Evening Standard will have the begging bowls out. https://t.co/GisMVYUBty
— Will Never Vote Labour Again **All Lives Matter** (@Isobel_waby) March 17, 2017
Trump as President, George Osborne as editor of the Evening Standard…don't let anyone ever tell you you are unqualified for the job
— Marta Vokshi (@marta_vokshi) March 17, 2017
Joking aside, Osborne's appointment is bad for the press, for politicians and for democracy. It makes Britain even more of a tinpot country
— Aditya Chakrabortty (@chakrabortty) March 17, 2017
— 🌹 Liz McInnes 🌈 (@LizMcInnes60) March 17, 2017
In fact, it seems only one person outside the Standard‘s corporate structure was willing to welcome Mr Osborne’s appointment:
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) March 17, 2017
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.
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