While Tribune may be in trouble financially, the New Statesman seems to have its issues too, although more on the editorial side. Raging battles have been fought since the departure of their much respected editor John Kampfner over the editorial direction of the magazine. The battle seems now to have been resolved, with the mag taking on a cheerleading role for Gordon Brown.
In the latest issue it has a cover story by new political reporter James MacIntyre on the supposed cracking of David Cameron's facade. The story might as well have been written in the Number 10 Press Office. It tries to suggest that David Cameron is some kind of foaming at the mouth right winger, LOL. Straight out of the failed Brown campaign copy book. It's almost worth a 'fisk' ... but not quite.
And then there is the unbelievably strange leader column. I don't know if the new editor, Jason Cowley, has started his job yet, but I can barely believe this strange editorial was written by him. It reads like a sixth form essay or as if it had been dictated down the phone by someone.
Well, no one can say that the NS is not a Brownite organ any longer. Geoffrey Robinson has finally got his way.
I'm told that the NS is far from a happy ship at the moment. It appears from reading the leader column that a new edict has gone out that all politicians mentioned in the magazine must in future be referred to as Mr, Ms or Mrs (although James Macintyre doesn't seem to have got the memo). But there is one happy consequence of that. No longer will anyone be able to call Lady T, 'Thatcher'.