August 9th, 2013

Anger Boiling Over as Indy Prepare for Walk Out

As the Indy prepare to go out on strike at 4pm, the Lebedevs are not the most popular Russians in Kensington right now. Though the strike has been cut by one hour as a sign of goodwill for further negotiations, insiders at the paper are not holding their punches. The anger is aimed way above the editor:

“I think this strike is a vote of confidence for some sort of survival plan, for the editor and against the way people above him at senior management have gone about forcing people out of their jobs without even considering voluntary redundancies. 

Others are more candid, accusing Evegeny of only seeing the Indy as “a seat at the top table… it gets you into Downing Street and to w**key parties”. There is particular anger at the way forced redundancies were put on staff before even asking anyone if they wanted to quit…


126 Comments

  1. 1
    Every body all together says:

    first

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    • 6
      Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

      Want less redundancies?

      Sell more papers.

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      • 22
        Captain Nitpicker says:

        You can’t have less redundancies. A redundancy only comes in one size.

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        • 27
          GnosticBrian says:

          Perhaps those with jobs already lined up elsewhere are just disappointed that they didn’t get a redundancy package on top – or have I been reading too many Alex cartoons in the Telegraph?

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        • 30
          Beeb managers, MPs says:

          Ah, but redundo payments can vary enormously in size

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        • 71
          Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

          fewer then…

          I will endeavour to get it right in future.

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      • 89
        what a plonker. says:

        What a shame, about time the Indy went down the pan.

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    • 9
      Brian Leveson says:

      Who Cares?

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    • 104
      Hully Gully says:

      Tory’s spend a couple of grand sending “racist? go home vans” around a few selected London Liebor boroughs for a week,60 complaints to the ASA.
      Liebors pants Bryant on the Beeb screaming racist. gives the story maximum publicity
      everyone watching this excitable, sanctimonious twat with the vans as a backdrop must wonder what planet Liebor are on. Massive free publicity-well done Crosby. Also top story on Sky.

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  2. 2
    Newsfox says:

    So who would run it better or want to?

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  3. 3
    Dead tree says:

    Who cares? The Indy is unreadable.

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    • 11
      lola says:

      Yeah. Someone in the office bought one the other day and left it lying about. I went through the headline article, about some greeny crap or other, and it was utter tripe.

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    • 14
      Our EU membership fee: 20 billion reasons to vote UKIP says:

      It was OK back in 1986. Remember the guy who used to write the TV listings? He was hysterical. And one of their photographers, Brian Harris (?), used to take great photos. And, of course, it originally had the Alex cartoon, now in the Telegraph. But they used to use a weird ink that got all over your hands.

      I wouldn’t bother buying it now, though.

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      • 107
        Robin Friday says:

        Very true. The old Indy TV listings were a work of genius and very very funny. That was the last time it was readable.

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    • 16
      Normal Guy says:

      The big sudoku is OK, if you have time.

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      • 32
        Sod you, too says:

        Suduko? Why don’t you get a job filing or shelf-stacking? At least you’d get paid for it.

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    • 68
      Mornington Crescent says:

      …and their website is unusable – so riddled with Scripts it takes forever to display.

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  4. 4
    Grauniad Lackey says:

    Try zero hours

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  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    They should have tried writing something people actually wanted to read.

    Most of them will jump to the Graun or the BBC to continue plotting the revolution while quaffing champagne, so it’s not exactly a hardship story.

    In short, fuck ‘em.

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    • 38
      Grrr says:

      Oh dear.

      How are we to live in that wonderful Socialist Utopia we hear so much about if wealthy Socialists can’t write article about the evils of Capitalism.

      Fight for the revolution brothers, or a cushy job at the BBC.

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      • 83
        BBC Recruitment says:

        Roll up roll up.
        Endless supply of jobs for ex Indy staff.
        Wealth beyond your wildest dreams for
        staff who can provide an endless stream of
        anti-Tory bias.
        No experience of news necessary.

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  6. 7
    giant gonad says:

    So who is unhappy-those who were made redundant or those hoping to get voluntary redundancy?

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    • 87
      how much did Charlotte Green get for "redundancy"? says:

      Is it the same redundancy scheme as the Beeb’s?
      Where they hand you a huge redundancy cheque
      only to re-employ you in another post a few months
      later?

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      • 99
        Charlotte says:

        I’ve always loved footie, or is it footers? And I’ve been a lifelong supporter of a team but I can’t tell you who because of my employer’s commitment to total neutrality.
        But many’s the time I’ve shouted for an up and under and cheered on those 15 men.

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  7. 8
    Corporal Jones (no relation) says:

    Please tell me they’ve cashiered Owen Jones!

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  8. 10
    Ex NOTW hack says:

    Nobody is entitled to a job.

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  9. 12
    England 2013....No really. says:

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    • 19
      Sir William Waid says:

      …….in the super-heavyweight class

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    • 20
      Our EU membership fee: 20 billion reasons to vote UKIP says:

      She doesn’t really wear much j3wellery when she’s out and about in Dalston, does she?

      I can’t say I really blame her.

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      • 26
        Bo Jangles.. says:

        Yes but that photo was taken 30 minutes into her PR street walk, you should have seen all the silverwear adorning her when she set off.

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    • 24
      Fight the Flab lost.. says:

      A new Twit pic too.

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    • 28
      Yeah, right... says:

      Is money and merchandise changing hands in that picture?

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    • 31
      Raving Loon says:

      This is being pushed through by the EU, will she be joining UKIP then?

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      • 34
        DHL-Deutsche Post Subsidiary says:

        Yes, we will be taking over.
        Except for the last mile where the staff costs are.

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      • 36
        Deutsche Post says:

        But she won’t tell her constituents that will she?

        DHL

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        • 39
          Grrr says:

          One fat hypocrite Marxist who sends her son to a Conservative private school while taking money from Marxist trade Unions who fight to keep ordinary people from sending their kids to private schools and keep them in the lousy State system.

          Like some Nigerian Dictator Abbot says all you need to know about the Left.

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      • 42
        Rompuy's breath says:

        That’s why Vince Cable is handling the privatisation, the LibDems are obeying their orders from Brussels.

        I am though surprised that Dave has not told the electorate the full facts and this is an EU Diktat

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    • 33
      Owen Jones's Remedial English teacher says:

      Oh dear, Diane. With your expensive and deeply white-establishment education, I’d expect you to know that apostrophes are not needed for simple plurals. And it’s “the” Royal Mail. And I can start a sentence with “and”.

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    • 57
      Postie says:

      Look, I was just trying to do an honest day’s work. Get my post delivered, get back to the sorting office for a cup of tea and my second round, and then get home and put my feet up. Why is it that Diane always picks on honest black men. She wouldn’t have wasted my time if I were white. I’m sick of it — we can’t even walk the streets without harassment. Look at my body language: at arm’s length, leaning away, just trying to escape from the old bore who wouldn’t even let her kids mix with us when we were kids.

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    • 69
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      I can just see it now– some site like Trendingcentral or Twitchy, with the story:
      “Diane Abbott going postal”
      http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=going%20postal

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    • 125
      Giro Bob says:

      F_cking moron. It was Labour that set the process going and by not defending it against the EU diktat Dave is simply following Brown & Mandelson (on so many issues). Let see what the Jerky Queen is actually going to do? Sweet FA that’s what.

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  10. 13
    Business Logic says:

    These people are pathetic. If they think they can do better they should set up their own paper.

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  11. 15
    Private_Schultz says:

    At least they give Dominic Lawson a voice – v good piece on fracking recently. McRae v sound too.

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  12. 17
    Sir William Waid says:

    Have they considered writing stuff that other people want to read?

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  13. 21
    Grauniad Lackey says:

    Sodilatrity orf hte btorhers

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  14. 23
    NHS death camp says:

    yeah but the market niche of Lbout party house media is already occupied by the Grauniad and the BBC. All the common rooms in the UK subscibe to it and don’t have budget for the Indescribablyboring as well.

    Of course neither paper is ever actually purchased with the reader’s own money.

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  15. 25
    Dweeb says:

    One thing I’ll say about the Indy: It does not manipulate reader comments like the Daily Heil.

    Has anyone else noticed how the Mail now carefully selects comments to provoke the maximum amount of hate? Not debate; hate. You will be hard pushed to find a single post in favour of the government, least of all Cameron himself, which of course is absurd in a Tory paper.

    Anything about Cameron is immediately followed by a blizzard of unbroken abuse, including someone today calling him the antichrist.

    I’ve tested it myself – try posting something even mildly supportive of Dave and it will either show for a while then suddenly vanish, or never be used.

    Even the Graun isn’t that bad. At least you know you’re dealing with a bunch of lefty loons. The Mail’s tactics are really quite sinister.

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    • 29
      jmf says:

      What are you smoking?

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      • 54
        Obvious in it n'stuff says:

        To be honest no.
        I have noticed the BBC being very selective to achieve the same thing normally against the Tories. that mad old swivel eyed witch in the attic Polytwaddle can have her moments as well.

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        • 67
          The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

          Well, the BBC are well known for being total c’unts.

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        • 72
          Grrr says:

          The Left has a pathological obsession with the Daily Mail.

          Perhaps because their own newspapers loose money and people only give to Al-BBC because if they don’t someone will put them in jail and sell their furniture to pay the Left’s fee.

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    • 37
      Rightie says:

      I suspect it’s that all the lefties have found the site, know it’s extremely popular and like to put their stuff on it as a result. Not worth posting on CiF, all lefties together.
      Many posts don’t appear because the mods can’t cope with the volume.

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      • 40
        Rightie says:

        PPS And, as a rightie, I think Cameron does require abuse…Viva UKIP

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      • 46
        Dweeb says:

        OK Rightie, Cameron does deserve flak. But that’s not the point, is it? When you see literally hundreds of posts flailing the guy alive with not a single dissenter – in a Tory paper – you can be sure something very odd is going on behind the scenes.

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      • 55
        Rightie says:

        I shall be honest and admit that I haven’t looked at the Mail’s site for a few months now. Maybe things have changed. And of course, Labour people don’t get abuse there because no one really knows they exist any more.

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      • 58
        Common Sense says:

        I suspect you are a troll, but in the off chance you
        are genuine, I will explain.

        CaMoron is a social democrat who hates this
        cicountry, he is no more a conservative than the Archbishop is mossie.

        Change your leader, change your policies, them see the 7000 and 8000 ticks in support of Tory policy on the daily mail website.

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    • 60
      Jim says:

      The Graun and all those ‘lefties’
      Is that the paper who supported the Lib/Dems at the last election?

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    • 73
      Fact Hunt says:

      Basic mistake I’m afraid. You can’t put ‘tory’ and ‘Cameron’ in the same sentence. The latter is not compatible with the former.

      Vote UKIP.

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    • 102
      Club Of Rome says:

      Daily mail readers represent “real” grassroots conservatives, who are mostly into tradition and pragmatism with a bit of libertarianism sprinked on top. Dave represents the centerist elite polititian who mostly tries to please as many other politicians as possible whilst continuing Blair’s stealth-authoritarianism programme.

      So it certainly isn’t creepy if they don’t see eye-to-eye.

      What *is* creepy is the tendancy of those on the left to invariably put aside any differences they may have and unite againt the right. Why is this creepy? Because it means that if you are on the left, you will abandon any and every aspect of your moral outlook in order to be on the winning side. That’s how totalitarianism happens, folks.

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  16. 41
    Jeff Bezos says:

    “Others are more candid, accusing Evegeny of only seeing the Indy as “a seat at the top table… it gets you into Downing Street and to w**key parties”.”

    Why do you think I’ve bought the WaPo?

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  17. 47
    I see a technical issue here says:

    Hang on though. To be able to walk out you have got to have got to have crawled back from the pub at lunchtime.

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  18. 48
    Taxing says:

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    • 52
      Ohh, look it's those horable white men again says:

      I suspect that if you want to find it you will, whether it’s there or not.

      You would probably ‘smell racism’ in you own arse if you could get your bugle round there.

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    • 63
      Genuine question -- serious answers only please. says:

      Who or what the fvck is “Voice of Bramley”.

      Can Twats who re-twat twats to this site please give some indication of the provenance.

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    • 79
      Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

      Yep. White people commit vastly less crime per capita. It’s black racism.

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      • 113
        Universal Hiss says:

        Presumably if one is completely race bind then 1,000 muzzies on the wanted list with 20 whities should not be worth a comment except where are all the Chinese?

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  19. 50
    What a fucking cunt says:

    Oh dear. Owen Jones has written a piece explaining why it’s ok to condemn christians but not muslims. You really couldn’t make it up.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/not-in-our-name-dawkins-dresses-up-bigotry-as-nonbelief–he-cannot-be-left-to-represent-atheists-8754183.html

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    • 62
      Crucify Owen Jones says:

      Well Jesus died for his sins as well.

      I think Owen’s were covered by the bit where the Roman’s threw vinegar up Jesus’ nose.

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    • 77
      Fact says:

      All religions are total bollux, and full of nutters convinced that their sky fairy has got a bigger tool than the other lot. They are all gullible naive cnuts

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      • 80
        What a fucking cunt says:

        +trillion.

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      • 84
        mack aroni says:

        Don’t knock The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster please!

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        • 93
          Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

          Or those who fear the coming of the great white handkerchief.

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        • 95
          Dave says:

          I need to know what the Church of FSM’s position is on Gay Marriage, before I welcome them into my multicultural paradise. Will it’s wedding ceremony include the mutual sucking of a spaghetti strand until the lucky couples lips meet in an enchanting kiss? I’ve got wood just thinking about it.

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      • 109
        Bongo Ryan says:

        … leave moslemism out of it …

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    • 78
      If you fiddle the figures, Dawkins is wrong. says:

      There was something about that in the Telegraph.

      Dawkins asserted that there are more Nobel winners from Trinity College than from the entire Muslim world. Fair enough. As Dawkins stated, hard facts are not bigotry. Then some prat (coincidentally a Muslim) from Channel 4 news (yes, apparently Channel 4 still exists) said although Dawkins was technically correct, he’d worked out that if you don’t count the Nobel Prizes from categories that Muslims don’t win (economics, basically), you end up with the Islamic world beating Trinity College in the Nobel Prize lists.

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    • 82
      I am now blind says:

      Jeeez. That’s the first time I’ve read Owen Jones and it is frightful. “I -I -I” -It seems to be all about himself (I suppose this is the case with most Glenda-Slagg-type columnists). WHAT DOES THE GREAT OWEN THINK ABOUT THE SUBJECT OF THE DAY?

      After a couple of paras I scrolled down, and down , and down. IT NEVER STOPS!

      The only point I reached before I gave up was that Owen says Dawkins is more vehement against Muslims than Christians. Now I ain’t got none too much of yer fancy schoolbook learnin’, but everything I’ve seen from Dawkins has been against Mad Yank Christian fundamentalist loonies, or religion in general. The Krayzee Pastors hate him, but do muslims give a toss about Dawkins or even know who he is?

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      • 92
        A girlie says:

        How can anyone support a religion that totally subjugates women, denying them the right to an education, work,choosing a husband or basic freedoms like being able to walk outside uncovered.Not to mention the issue of female genital mutilation.

        Jones is vocal in his support of gay rights but strangely silent when it comes to the rights of gays and women in Islamic countries.

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      • 98
        Our EU membership fee: 20 billion reasons to vote UKIP says:

        +1. Absolutely right.

        I’ve never read anything by him, either, and like you I couldn’t believe how it just went on and on and on. As if anyone gives a f*ck what this schoolboy thinks.

        1. Indy publishes totally self-indulgent nobby bollocks by some schoolboy nobody gives a shit about.

        2. Indy has to sack loads of staff because no-one’s buying the Indy.

        I wonder if these two things are related in some way..

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        • 118
          Village Idiot says:

          ….I reckon Owen (peace be upon it) missed the day at primary school when they were taught “Precis”..Why use one word when ten will do????

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  20. 53
    bergen says:

    Perhaps they need some more Johan Hari exclusives. Fiction sells.

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  21. 66
    Fact Hunt says:

    You can pop your parcel through my slot anytime.

    *shudders*

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  22. 76

    Like the banks, the newspapers need a state rescue. A few billions poured in would not be missed and it would save a few hundred jobs. Then libraries and schools can be ordered to buy more copies to make them more viable. Oh, and the BBC. Why are they pouring so much money into the rich Guardian and not the Independent? That is not very progressive whilst being extremely discriminatory.

    Ed, got any spare paper? I’ve just used my bit.

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  23. 85
    Universal Hiss says:

    As far as I can see many newspapers just rehash stuff they have pulled off the web & each other,followed by the abysmal BBC usually 12 hours behind everyone else.

    You have all failed. No one wants the recycled rubbish.

    Indy=gas lamp lighters.

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  24. 94
    Godfrey Bloom's favourite drink says:

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  25. 97
    David Cameron was my fag at Eton says:

    Does anyone buy the Indy apart from hotels or the public sector?

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  26. 106
    David Cameron Is A Cunt says:

    They work for the fucking dreadful Independent, they deserve sacking.

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  27. 108
    Bongo Ryan says:

    The Russkies are preparing to walk away … but : why not sell more copies, lads ? That would safeguard jobs …

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  28. 115
    Senna says:

    A good dose of laxatives is needed. Their news is SHITE!

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  29. 116
    NHS death camp says:

    why is anyone voting for Diane? She is n’t even black anymore

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  30. 117
    Raptor says:

    The Indy staff member who said that Lebedev only bought the paper because it would get him invited to No.10, and to w*nky parties, was quite right. It was nothing but a vanity project.

    What Lebedev seems not have realised was that a leftist newspaper is bound to lose money because no-one wants to buy it.

    Most leftists in this country avoid that awkward situation by living off the taxpayer, whether in the BBC, state education, the subsidised arts, local government, or some agreeable quango.

    The best outcome for the Indy is to merge with the Guardian. Then both of them can live off public-sector advertising and offshore tax avoidance scams.

    As for a new title — “The Red Guard” has quite a ring to it …

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    • 120
      Thomas Sowell says:

      The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work.

      Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.

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  31. 119
    Cornish Pilchard says:

    Forgive me but who will notice?

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  32. 123
    TomTom says:

    Welcome to the Big World, as from September 1st, Polish teachers will have to work 2 hours a week without pay or face higher cutbacks than the 7000 who are already being made redundant, as from the 1st of September, teachers are on a one year contract for each subject they teach, crap teachers do not get their contract renewed…. why are we not picking up on how others do things, Poland has a higher standard of education than the UK.

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  33. 124
    Bongo Ryan says:

    … not a 60 minute walkout, anything but that : readers are seriously concerned. Not . Its said that the Indy has quite a few phantom readers … is that so, lads ?

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