Thursday, December 06, 2007

'Crackers' Cracknell's worthy successor

Hi Madame,

More antics at your favourite paper - the Sunday Times...

Apparently, the Mail on Sunday's deputy political editor Jonathan Oliver is to replace outgoing Sunday Times political editor David "Crackers" Cracknell. Cracknell quit to join an ailing lobbying firm originally set up by Labour's fundraiser Johnny Mendelsohn called FD something or other ... after Independent on Sunday political editor Marie Woolf was brought in over his head by the Wapping management.

Most recently, Oliver was behind the MoS story on David Abrahams - believed by many to be a "drop" form Tory HQ's research dept. Ironically, Oliver would have stayed on at the MoS - but for his boss Simon Walters, the political editor.

When Walters was moved upstairs to replace the Mail's executive editor (politics) Peter Dobbie, Walters - nicknamed "Shifty" by Lobby colleagues for reasons too obvious and tedious to list - insisted in clinging on to the political editor title as well - much to the chagrin of Oliver. Still, the poor chap has got his revenge by disappearing to Wapping.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oliver is a decent, if reputationally somewhat dim, journalist. They do not call him "Foggy" for nothing. However, he may not quite know what hits him at the Sunday Times. He may take stories on a plate, but he doesn't make things up.....

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, the only one left at the MoS is brendan "really not very tall" Carlin, along Shifty. Shidfty and Lifty?

Anonymous said...

The Sunday Times has much improved of late and I always read the MoS - Oliver is very fortunate to jump from one great paper to another.

Anonymous said...

It constantly astonishes me how journalists think anyone could give a buggery about their comings and goings. In the end all they are is an ignored byline for a piece dictated from whichever source. They should all resign and work for a charity, much more worthy and useful.

luckboy said...

what an odious bunch this lot sound!