Thursday, January 15, 2009

Did the Soviets discuss bin collections?

There will be many differing opinions on whether it is correct to let an ex KJB agent buy the London evening standard.Perhaps another blog post at a later date but I found this bit in the story quite amusing

Lebedev said he had read the Evening Standard and other British newspapers when he was a young spy at the Soviet embassy in London in the late 1980s.
"I had to read every newspaper. I was there for that," he recalled. "I had to read the FT, the Guardian, Standard and the Daily Mail." The Standard was "a very good newspaper" with some "brilliant journalists," Lebedev said, adding that the Daily Mail was a "highly influential" title that closely reflected British public attitudes.


I have visions of KJB officers having long discussions about the frequency of bin collections

Update Guido points out that Lebedev won't be the first KJB officer to own a UK newspaper

former Daily Mirror owner, Labour MP, socialist plutocrat, pension Labour Party donor, thief and long term Soviet asset: Robert Maxwell.

1 comment:

James Parry said...

To be honest, I don't see why it's significant that he used to work for the RGB, since he's (allegedly) not going to have any editorial control over the 'Standard, so it's not like the Russians could secretly corrupt our youth or anything...

...the Mail's been doing that for a few decades in any case.