Billionaire ex-KGB spy Alexander Lebedev has just hired George Osborne to edit London’s Evening Standard newspaper.
George Osborne has been announced as the new editor of the Evening Standard. The former Chancellor will succeed Sarah Sands and take up his role in early May. Mr Osborne said: "This is such an exciting and challenging job and I’m thrilled to take it on. The Evening Standard is a great paper, testimony to the hard work of Sarah Sands and the impressive team, and to the investment of its owners. I look forward to working with, learning from and leading this team of dedicated professionals.
The move has triggered concerns about media bias and conflicts of interest.
This from HSBC Fraud whistleblower Nicholas Wilson.
Every single day there is another jaw dropping corrupt appointment. And nothing happens.
— Mr Ethical (@nw_nicholas) March 17, 2017
In Praise of Sound Money
Here is Osborne praising the Conservative Chancellor Phillip Hammond straight after last week’s disastrous budget.
Well done Phil. Sound money and fiscal responsibility are the only secure foundations of a fair and strong economy.
— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) March 8, 2017
Will there be calls for Tory U-Turns in Osborne’s Standard?
Conflicts of interest
Only last week the Evening Standard itself printed a story on Osborne’s conflicts of interest.
Originally covered by Financial Eyes / London Conversation here.
From yesterday’s Evening Standard… pic.twitter.com/Hfr60Lf93B
— William Turvill (@wturvill) March 17, 2017
Adam Curtis’s short 2009 film, Oh Dear, points to parallels between Russian and British propaganda — particularly to George Osborne’s rôle. (after 3 minutes 12 seconds)
KGB Banking Oligarch
Lebedev himself made his money from banking in the late 90’s after having been a London based Soviet spy.
Here is the BBC’s very own ex-Lebedev man, Amol Rajan, being interviewed by its ex-Murdoch Sunday Times editor Andrew Neil:
— DailySunday Politics (@daily_politics) March 17, 2017
The establishment routinely ignores questions about media ownership and media bias in this country.
But even by British standards this is an unprecedented political appointment.
The City Of London’s daily financial free paper City AM’s editor Christian May was given the job without ever having worked at a newspaper.
Though I disagree with many of his views Christian May edits well:
Personally I’m all in favour of unorthodox editorial appointments.
— Christian May (@ChristianJMay) March 17, 2017
Murdoch’s Times has had it in for Russia for a while. It’s pushed for sanctions against Russia for its role in the Crimea and Syria.
Alexander Lebedev, the Russian billionaire whose son owns The Independent and Evening Standard, tried to help President Putin to win western approval for the annexation of Crimea, according to Kremlin
Lebedev does seem to be friendly with Putin.
Too much Panama Papers space has been wasted attempting to make links between Russian funny money and Vladimir Putin. I have no drum to bang for the Russian President or anyone else, but from what we’ve seen so far the supposed links between him and mystery money being filtered out of the country seem rather tenuous. The way the leaks have been sewn together and presented make it look obvious that Putin must be spiriting billions of dollars out of the country. Look closer at the documented evidence and you see the case is actually nowhere near made.
I wonder what having the Austerity Chancellor in charge of the Standard will do for staff morale.
George Osborne addresses the Evening Standard newsroom. Just look at the joy on their faces. pic.twitter.com/eDxnb0WtIf
— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) March 17, 2017