Tales from the London Underground

Spotting a Morning Star reader

I have seen copies on sale at newsagents, but I had never seen anyone reading the Morning Star on the tube until two days ago.

Someone reading the “Morning Star” on the London Underground Bakerloo line, 29 July 2016

The circulation figure is said to be around 10,000 according to its Wikipedia entry (quoting a Guardian article), so there must be readers. For those who are unfamiliar with the press in the UK, the Morning Star is – to quote Wikipedia further – ‘a left-wing British daily tabloid newspaper’ whose ‘editorial stance is in line with Britain’s Road to Socialism, the programme of the Communist Party of Britain.’

The Underground is a microcosm of London and I have seen all sorts of things while travelling on it: as such perhaps it’s strange that I had not encountered a Morning Star reader before. May be I hadn’t been in the right areas of London for coming across such a scene. I was travelling from Willesden Junction to Warwick Avenue on the Bakerloo line, not a stretch of the network I am familiar with, when a passenger sat opposite me in a pretty empty carriage and started to peruse the paper. North London must be a hotbed of revolutionary activity!

And just in case anyone is wondering, it wasn’t Jeremy Corbyn.