Newspaper Vendor Won't Go Without A Fight

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 107 months ago
Newspaper Vendor Won't Go Without A Fight

1409_badnews.jpg The industry may be collapsing around him, but newspaper seller Harendra Bhatt won't go gently into that good night. Despite being evicted from his pitch outside Highbury & Islington station, where he's operated for 20 years, due to Network Rail's "cosmetic surgery" for the area, he's vowed to go nowhere and has fetched up just metres from his now-dismantled kiosk. Mr. Bhatt was one of four traders given the boot in August by NR, who conceded earlier in the year that it was a purely commercial decision and that the pitches will be re-tendered to the "highest possible bidder"; any new tenants should be warned that the aggrieved newspaperman has promised to "breathe down the neck" of whomever takes over. He's got support in the form of local MP Emily Thornberry, though his real ace in the sleeve is Boris Johnson, who was a regular customer until he moved house. Despite residing down the more salubrious end of Upper Street, will the Mayor come to the aid of the small trader? (Image / cakehole)

Last Updated 14 September 2009