There was much public distain about that particular newspaper. Brave independently minded commentators attacked it, residents didn't like paying for it and eventually even the Conservative-led government turned against it. Then, to everyone’s surprise the publisher suddenly closed it down.
It is just over two months since the Council’s H&F News disappeared from our Borough. Some said it was the most controversial government self-promotion outside of
. For too long H&F’s Conservative Administration refused to even countenance that but in the end, even they agreed it had to go. “Political propaganda on the rates” was supposedly dead. North Korea
However, next came the alarming deal with the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle. Now, there’s three, all-new, expensively produced, glossy council magazines dropping through our mail boxes and paid for by our taxes.
Many of the same staff work on these new titles and they are packed with pictures of Conservative councillors doing "good works" around our community. Kim Jong-il would be proud and if Rupert Murdoch is watching these three phoenixes rise from H&F News’ ashes, he may conclude he could learn a thing or two from the sly goings at Hammersmith and Fulham's Conservative run Council.