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The significance of Ian Hargreaves' dismissal from the editorship of the Independent

By John Lloyd   March 1996

There is a familiar litany recited by British intellectuals about the newspapers they feel able to choose between. It usually begins with a lament on The Times; regards the Guardian as “now rather silly”; sees the Telegraph as the preserve of a d?mod? intellectual enclave; and believes that the Independent has “gone off a bit.” The Financial Times is usually the hero of this assessment for its seriousness, its coverage of foreign affairs, its neglect of the cursed topics of sex, monarchy and sport-but it is “a bit specialised” or “hard to read” or “too expensive” (and is rarely read…

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