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Those billionaires, eh.
you would have got there before me anyway
so: *abandon reply*
but is this the guy who has the Evening Standard?
is the Independent going to start hating foreigners and poor people?
and blacks probably too
It is the same guy, yes.
since Lebedev bought it from Associated.
It's become noticeably more "How the fuck is this news?" since Lebedev bought it from Associated.
Apart from it's campaign against Livingstone, I seem to remember that it used to consist of nothing more than the witterings of those interested in the Mayfair set.
I think it's reduced that side of things considerably.
Still has some terrible writers though.
Is there any room for the name 'Independent' to become even more ironic?
"Russian billionaire finalises months of negotiations by buying papers for £1 from Independent News & Media"
I can just imagine them sitting there in the boardroom
"We won't sell for less than £1.25."
"No, £1 is my final offer."
"Come on ... £1.20?"
And then finally after months of debating ...
"I've told you! £1."
"Ok ... fucksake... deal!"
It must be great fun in there.
Independent journo: "Sorry, Ms Platell, but you really should put that in the paper recycling bin rather than the gene-
Platell: "SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU LIBERAL PONCE OR I'LL KICK YOU IN FLESHY PATCH WHERE YOUR FUCKING BALLS SHOULD BE. NOW GO AND FIND A REAL FRONT PAGE AND NOT SOME CONCEPTUAL BOLLOCKS ABOUT RAINFORESTS."
"INM will also pay Independent Print Limited, the company set up by Lebedev to publish the titles, £9.25m over the next 10 months."
It's a similar deal as with the Standard. You buy it for a nominal pound and inherit the debt.
It looks like they're paying off the debt too. Weird.