The paper, in a full page article, describes the seaside town as 'stimulating, but ever more seedy and divided' and the blame apparently lies with a Labour council which 'seems overwhelmed by this historic town's decay'.
Brighton council, says the Standard, is 'New Labour's flagship'.
'Moderates who boast they invented Blairism before Blair have run it for nine years. They routed Militant sympathisers, prioritised housing and childcare and efficiently avoided debt.'
And the city's 'litter and filth' problems, it seems, have not been helped by the council's 'unprecedented response to compulsory competitive tendering. Brighton quietly made one private foreign company responsible for every council function'. The winning £80m tender came from French company Ecovert South.