I had a chance to readÂ Paul Preston's We Saw Spain Die over the weekend. Â It is excellent and very relevant to yourÂ History of Journalism essay topic. I have put my personal copy in the newsroom. Feel free to use it but NOTÂ to remove it.Â I have ordered an additional copy. When it arrives I will put it in the same place on the same basis i.e. newsroom use only. It is available only in hardback at the moment and costs Â£20 at Waterstones and a little less on Amazon. Â
I am old enough to remember John Sergeant as a formidable political editor who knew his subject intimately and shared his wisdom generously. Nick Hopkins of the Guardian thinks he will be remembered for performancesÂ only slightly less agile than his microphone handling on the day Lady ThatcherÂ failed to win the first round of the 1990Â Conservative leadership ballot.
Paul Dacre had his say at the Society of Editors Conference. Now Max Mosley, the man whose sex life Mr Dacre considers a legitimate topic for newspaper reporting and condemnation, has retaliatedÂ in the Guardian. Does Max have a point?
Without fanfare or comment I draw to your attention this piece by NewÂ Labour's favourite uber-Blairite,Â Hazel Blears. It is an edited version of a speech she will make to the Hansard Society. EverÂ wondered why journalists have such a long established tradition of resisting stateÂ regulation? Isn't Hazel marvellous?Â Â Â Â Â