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‘Honoured that you are writing my father’s biography’ the late Tony Benn, ‘...wonderfully written’ Hilary Benn

‘Sparkles with fascinating detail…a remarkable story of Liberal and Labour politics in the first half of the twentieth century.’ Michael Crick, Political Correspondent, Channel 4 News

‘Casts much light both on the evolution of British radicalism, and on the legacy which he bequeathed to his son, Tony. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, King's College, London

‘Brilliant biography…wonderful reading about the father and...discovering more about the son.’ Steve Richards of The Independent

‘Well-written and carefully researched, this fascinating biography brings to life a major figure in British political history…an excellent job of weaving together the strands of a complex life…as well as filling in the background of the Benn family’ Richard Doherty, military historian
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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Three Prime Ministers who gave away Power to the Press


Supported by Nick Clegg and David Cameron, Ed Miliband seems to be leading a counter-attack on the press. The politicians are starting from a weak position, but together they could regain some relative power.

It is ironic that the three prime ministers who are most responsible for the current leaders’ weakness were three of the most powerful premiers – David Lloyd George, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

Lloyd George sold honours, bought the Daily Chronicle, ennobled proprietors and invited Beaverbrook and Rothermere into government. Margaret Thatcher allowed Rupert Murdoch to take over the Times and Sunday Times, even though he already owned the Sun and News of the World. Tony Blair became so close to Rupert Murdoch that he became godfather to one of Murdoch’s daughters.

It was prime ministers from each of the three main parties who created the current situation. It would be a fitting solution for the three parties to work together to resolve it.

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