At the 2012 London Mayoral Election, it was not for nothing that the Evening Standard was nicknamed the London Daily Bozza here on Zelo Street. The paper’s advocacy of the capital’s occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, surely the most useless City Mayor in recent history, went beyond the slavish to being an extension of the Tories’ campaign machine. It became no more than a propaganda sheet.politics.co.uk, observed “Labour supporters in 'supporting Labour candidate' shocker … You mean a party leader would benefit from one of their candidates winning an election? This changes everything”. Dave Hill at the Guardian was equally impressed, or maybe not: “‘Hard-Left plot to back Sadiq Khan to strengthen Corbyn shock!’ Oh My God! There were 22 of them! 22, I tell you!” he mocked.
Hill also pointed out yet another example of where the Standard appears to be turning a blind eye as election day approaches, telling "Outrage as Zac Goldsmith sends ‘patronising’ leaflets to Redbridge Indian communities … Not from Evening Standard”. Goldsmith’s campaign has been roundly condemned for its dog-whistle attempts to scare voters against Sadiq Khan. But the Standard doesn’t want to know.
Evgeny Lebedev might do well to look elsewhere in the Northcliffe House bunker: the Daily Mail’s Paul Dacre still hasn’t got his K after years of backing the Tories. Just a thought.