A little birdie has whispered to me that, should he be elected, Lutfur Rahman is considering scrapping East End Life – Tower Hamlets council’s hated £1m-a-year propaganda paper.
I’d imagine that there would be a cheaper and less frequent replacement, perhaps a fortnightly or monthly paper.
It would be a clever, sure-fire vote winner and it would undoubtedly please my former employers at the East London Advertiser.
Watch this space…
UPDATE – 9.40pm
I’m hearing that East End Life is highly likely to be pared back considerably. It is considered by those likely to be in power come October that is “outrageous” that East End Life has such a heavy pagination and that it carries restaurant reviews and TV listings. All the elements of the paper which effectively means it competes with the East London Advertiser and other local papers are likely to go. It will be a much thinner paper, but it is likely to remain weekly for the time being.