Boris launches redevelopment at Battersea Power Station – don’t mention affordable homes though – there aren’t any


Topic: Local press not good enough for Boris & Co Forum Home
Posted by: John Cameron
Date/Time: 05/07/13 22:16:00
VIPs turn out for Battersea Power Station ceremony but Wandsworth Guardian not invited3:00pm Friday 5th July 2013 in News By Jamie HendersonPCS protesters outside the power station

Prime Minister David Cameron, his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak and Boris Johnson were among a stellar line up of VIP guests at the official ground breaking ceremony at Battersea Power Station yesterday.

The trio of political heavyweights were joined by hundreds of dignitaries such as the presidents of SP Setia and Sime Darby, the two companies who bought the site last summer, and Rob Tincknell CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC).

Journalists from virtually every national and global newspapers were present yet the Wandsworth Guardian, who represent the views of local people, was not invited and, like its rival the South London Press, was deemed “not important enough” by the BPSDC to be part of the celebrations.

At one point a burly security guard even tried to pathetically pretend there was no ceremony at all, even though every arriving guest had an invite, and that David Cameron was not attending, even though he was already on site.

Once the VIP guests, including reporters from the Telegraph, Guardian and Times, began to arrive so did a phalanx of campaigners from the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).

VIP guests who arrived in taxis had to be quickly ushered passed the loud and lively protesters by embarrassed organisers who had clearly tried to keep the Prime Minister’s presence a secret.

Cathy Cook, London campaign manager for PCS, said: “At a time when the country is in economic crisis the Prime Minister prioritising a meeting about luxury penthouse flats is a disgrace.

“What we think is even more of a disgrace is that the local press were denied access to this meeting today.

“The local press has a major interest in what is going in its locality and its readership will be interested to know that their journalist was not allowed in despite the fact that national press are allowed in.

“We are a union that represents more than 260,000 members in civil and public services, including local government.

“Our members’ jobs are being cut on a weekly basis, at a time when we say the way to get out of recession is not to cut jobs and public services.”