I was confronted with a most bizarre site at 1730 today outside Embankment tube station: at least a dozen people trying (very forcibly) to foist free newspapers on commuters. Half of this mad crowd were pushing London Lite (in yellow in the photo) and the other half The London Paper (in purple). At times 2 or 3 of each clan would run up to a pedestrian and try to force him or her to take a free newspaper. It was not a pleasant sight, and one gentleman I saw was very flustered by the whole experience. I just ran for the tube and took the grainy image above with my camera phone.
I hate these papers anyway – they clutter up the tube, and London Lite is made by the Daily Mail group, and The London Paper is a product of News International (aka Rupert Murdoch) and even more than their pay-to-purchase morning equivalents, the 2 freebies are filled with scandalous sleaze about washed up celebrities. It’s my choice to not read them, but it’s everyone’s problem if those giving out these papers get so forceful and almost fight with each other. Ken: we need a solution!