Regular readers of this blog will know that there is one subject that excercises me more than most, and that is our money being spent by this Council on party political propaganda dressed up as impartial news. The practice is thankfully rare in the UK and reminds you more of eastern Europe in the 1980s yet here in Hammersmith & Fulham we taxpayers fork out hundreds of thousands every year for the Council's own propaganda paper, offically called H&F News but better known as Pravda.
According to the Fulham Chronicle this costs us £174,292 every year. How many police officers or nurses could that employ instead?
The Council has been condemned for doing this by their own Conservative colleagues in Parliament, and in local government yet still continue the practice. They have been condemned repeatedly by residents at public meetings and yet still they continue. And of course by their political opponents, which they dismiss as politically motivated.
The result is that the independent press is driven out of business because they hoover up the advertising revenue and residents are robbed of any independent coverage of what is actually going on in their borough. At one stage, when the Fulham Chronicle was sacking staff and selling off its offices this blog was pretty much the only source of non-political news in H&F. In recent weeks the Chronicle has made an attempt at a come-back with a free-delivery model, but they are clearly struggling with copies of the paper failing to be delivered in large parts of the borough judging by the comments I've received from readers.
So it's time to support their campaign against this status-quo and you can help do this by supporting the Chronicle's campaign and by signing their petition to have H&F News closed down. We deserve a free press in this borough, and all you have to do is sign a petition to help bring it a step closer. I strongly urge you to back this campaign.