Inside Croydon extends its thanks to Ross Lydall, who pens a blog for the Evening Standard, for fulfilling one of our earliest predictions.
A bit of background. For those who don’t know, the Standard was bought for just £1 last year by a billionaire former Russian spy.
It’s product was so poor that the new management decided to give it away – although of course, if you live in London but not within half a mile of City Hall, getting hold of a copy of the now-freebie, single-edition Standard is virtually impossible. So much for being London’s newpaper.
Last week, when we launched Inside Croydon, we predicted that remarks made during Gavin Barwell’s maiden speech to Parliament “…was certain to make headlines, and which is sure to be re-used forever in future, dragged up from the cuttings every time a hack newspaper columnist wants to make a point about chav culture, the Croydon facelift or life in the suburbs”.
Step forward, albeit nearly a week later, Mr Lydall.