Boycott the Evening Standard
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Last Saturday 17 June, we wrote a letter to George Osborne and Evgeny Lebedev of the Evening Standard. The text is below. If, like us, you agree with the sentiments expressed, please sign the petition and show your disgust by refusing to pick up and read the giveaway London evening newspaper. Thank you.
On Wednesday (June 14th), the day after the horrific fire at Grenfell Towers, (a fire for which corporate manslaughter may eventually turn out to be the charge), the Evening Standard ran its regular and – to many of us - revolting property section.
It also had an article in its news pages about the Duke of Westminster’s plan to create a ‘long term community in Bermondsey’ (whose existing 'long-term community' already dates back millennia) by building eleven 25-storey tower blocks for key workers with ‘affordable rents'. This from the Grosvenor property empire worth £12 billion.
Have you no shame George Osborne and Evgeny Lebedev?
Could your paper not have shown respect and foregone just one day’s advertising revenue as London’s chief hoarding for the property industry?
And did not a piece about property billionaires building 25 storey high tower blocks for ‘key workers’ jar?
Millions of people around the country are longing to see an end to all that you, your party and your paper represent – political privilege, property privilege, print media monopoly.
And in that number, we include the 73 ‘landlord’ Tory MPs who voted against a Labour amendment in 2016 to the government’s housing and planning bill(*), designed to ensure that all rented accommodation is safe for people to live in. (*links below).
In your Friday 16 June edition, where you update on the £2m raised by your paper for Grenfell residents, you thank, amongst others, ‘your colleagues’ at The Sun for giving £100,000. The same paper that was at the heart of the Brexit campaign that did so much to demonise immigrants and ‘others’ – the very people at the heart of this tragedy.
Just before the election, your management team decided to use its position as a give-away newspaper with a London-wide monopoly, to ask readers to vote Tory in the General Election. Overwhelmingly we didn’t. London voted Labour in its millions. And no matter how much you dress up your wealth, politics and privilege with helping to fund literacy for poor kids or other such charitable schemes, some of us clearly see you for what you are.
We are boycotting the Evening Standard and ask others to do likewise.
Deborah Burton & Angela Burton
How the Housing and Planning Bill vote went: All Tory MPs supported (including George Osborne). All Labour MPs opposed
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