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Martin Bell's "journalism of attachment" is a muddled restatement of the old liberal BBC ethos

By John Lloyd   July 1997

Martin Bell has become the most important journalist in the country, even as he has given up full-time journalism. He has exchanged the life of a foreign correspondent for that of an independent member of parliament-the only one in the House of Commons-and thus has a bully pulpit for his views.

He will be attended with respect. The high profile he took in Bosnia, the courage he showed in grinding through a filthy war and returning to it after being wounded, made him a face and a voice of substance. The decision to stand against Neil Hamilton in Tatton at…

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