Monday, 3 July 2017

Pressing On

If Labour's new frontbenchers are "unknown" to The Guardian, then it needs to make way for people to whom they are known, and in some cases very well-known.

In 1982, and again in 1992, Arthur Scargill tried to persuade the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme to buy the Mirror Group.

Halfway between those two attempts occurred one of the most daring ever made to break into the media mainstream.

Over this thirtieth anniversary summer of News on Sunday, there is still something attractive about the idea of a popular national newspaper edited by John Pilger.

We are, however, where we are.

I am all for the Internet, as you can see. But if print media are a thing of the past, then someone needs to tell George Osborne.

Do you have £60,000 to spend on 10 per cent of a company, including a seat on its Board, so that it could publish a weekly magazine of popular television, pop music, football, paleoconservatism, Jeremy Corbyn (who promised me at Davey Hopper's funeral that he would write a weekly column; this has been one for the long haul), and the only guaranteed Liberal Democrat columnist on the Fleet Street that is now a state of mind?

With distribution aimed heavily at the surprising number of areas that still had quite low Internet use, and with only the same online presence as Private Eye, which seems to do all right commercially?

If so, then please contact as soon as possible.


  1. Can you justify your valuation of £600,000 please? There is literally no circulation, no business. You have not thought this through. I am interested though.

    1. Email me, please. It does all make sense, but obviously it cannot be set out in detail in reply to an anonymous comment on a blog.