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Last month, John Lloyd accused me and the Mail on Sunday of inventing news. It all depends what you mean by "choreography"

By Peter Oborne   August 2003

Six weeks or so ago I was bemused to receive a furious letter from John Lloyd, contributing editor to Prospect. It accused me of various crimes and misdemeanours, and demanded reparation. I was pondering how to respond when, shortly after lunch, the phone rang. It was Lloyd again, still in a state of outrage.

He was aggrieved by an article I had written for the Mail on Sunday in the aftermath of the Iraq war. This article argued that Downing Street was using military victory over Saddam to repackage the prime minister as a wizened, grey-haired war hero who had…

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