COUNCILLORS Cowan and Phibbs can argue as much as they like about the cost of the H&F News.
One fact is incontrovertible - it was an outrageously deceitful piece of propaganda that was condemned by liberals throughout the land.
Promoted as a paper of 'local news', in reality it was nothing more than a mouthpiece for the ruling party in the town hall, and paid for by the taxpayer.
Ken Livingstone made the same mistake at City Hall, which the Tories rightly condemned. They then did exactly the same thing when they came to power in Hammersmith.
H&F News was expertly executed and featured beguiling, people-centred stories from around the borough. Stories that created perfect eye candy to lead people into a world where the council was always a force for good, an opposition didn't exist and dissenting residents - who paid for it -were not allowed a voice.
H&F News, just like candy, was sweet to taste but bad for your health.
H&F News's greatest crime was to masquerade as something it clearly was not. Its demise is be welcomed by all those who value a pluralist society and it provides a clear case of value being a more important issue than cost.