Interesting that when Blair attacks the meeja generally he only mentions by name the smallest and weakest paper, and the one least likely to serialise his memoirs when they appear. And then chooses to attack it where it’s strongest:
Mr Blair said that the Independent was free to write what it wanted about the Middle East and other issues, but that it had strayed from its origins and become "avowedly a viewspaper and not merely a newspaper".
The Indy is godawful in many ways, but it does employ Patrick Cockburn and Fisky. Fisky I can take or leave, but there is something to be said for making the right enemies.
The Observer, meanwhile, hails the new dispensation:
It is the debate on everybody's lips - just how British are we?
My lips aren’t really big enough for a whole debate, but there is room for a question: why am I paying £1.80 for this utter shite?
There was scads of it. It reminded me of working in an office where we got the Beijing Review and China Reconstructs, but at least we got those for free. The Observer pushed Alan Johnson as a stop Gordon candidate last year, so I suppose grovelling over his pet idea is payback. But I’m damned if they’re going to pay back with my money.