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Will Hutton on the visceral anti-Englishness that Andrew Neil shares with his former boss

By Will Hutton   December 1996

Writing an autobiography mid-career is unusual. It remains to be seen if Andrew Neil’s book, Full Disclosure, will attract the same interest in the country as it has in the newsrooms of London; the odds cannot be high. But the book is important and readable, albeit more a self-glorifying cartoon history than a great work of journalistic reflection. The editor king makes the intervention that will save Eddie Shah from the pickets and so reform Fleet Street; he writes the leader that swings key votes against Thatcher in the 1990 leadership contest; the “establishment” quivers before his avenging keyboard. All…

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