When I joined the Evening Standard as Assistant Editor in 2002, the first part of my mission was to build London’s strongest team of critics and arts writers.
For a while, we led the field.
After six years, attrition set in. The paper was sold to a Russian KGB muppet, became a freesheet and finally hired a failed politician (pictured) as editor.
Yesterday, it fired the last two theatre critics – Fiona Mountford and Henry Hitchings – supposedly to save money.
Barry Millington, the classical critic, has not been contacted about his future.