I take the romantic view that I cannot be alone in wanting broader and deeper coverage of London, its politics, its people and the debate about how to make it a better place.
There many good journalists and others writing and broadcasting about the capital, but a fully-dedicated London website that is serious yet enjoyable and seeks to report and explain how this extraordinary city is changing in these momentous times seems to be missing. I hope On London can start to fill that gap.
The site is rudimentary at this stage, but I’m populating it with the kinds of stories that interest me and, with luck, plenty of others. Pieces are to be organised into ten categories. Some will fit into more than one.
News concentrates on what the London Mayor is doing, but also on local stories from across the metropolis with London-wide significance, including from borough Town Halls.
Comment is what it sounds like.
Analysis is what is sounds like too, and includes question and answer (Q&A) interviews with people whose knowledge of the issue at hand is greater than mine.
Brexit contains news, comment, analysis and statistics relating to the implications for London of the Uk leaving the EU.
Open City carries interviews with ordinary Londoners, whether from overseas or (like me) elsewhere in the UK, who came to the city seeking opportunities and made it their home and other pieces relating to the same theme.
Books carries reviews and news about writing on London (including my own efforts).
Reportage is the home of descriptive articles and long reads.
Culture is about the arts, history and going out.
Hard Times is the title of the one Dickens novel that had no London settings. I will borrow it as a heading for pieces about a modern London where too many people find it a struggle to make ends meet. And finally…
Maps & Stats has maps…and stats.
In time, I would like other people to write for On London too. I would also like to earn at least enough of a living from it to be able to keep it going. More on that in due course.