At the end of the evening rush hour, those of us who can then relax at home or on a night out should spare a thought for the poor souls clearing litter from trains and buses in and around London: from Underground to Overground to far-flung depots at places like Colchester, Northampton and Brighton, hundreds, if not thousands, of copies of the Evening Standard are being collected and sent for recycling.
The capital’s only surviving evening paper is now a free sheet: thus many take a copy without having to consider whether it is worth the expenditure. And from the inevitable pages of Foxton’s adverts, what those commuters are reminded of, every weekday, is that most of them should not even bother thinking about getting on London’s property ladder. They can’t afford it, and boy, does the Standard let them know.
[UPDATE 1440 hours: as if to show how out of touch the Standard is, Adam Bienkov at politics.co.uk has noted that "According to the snap FirstVerdict poll, 77% of people support removing the non-com tax break on wealthy UK residents, with just 20% opposing it".
Will Sarah Sands and her team re-think their line on this one? Don't hold your breath]