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Frank Johnson transcended class but believed in its continuing power

By Dean Godson   February 2007

Two nations stood vigil at the death bed of Frank Johnson in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital late last year. On the one side were the Frasers, the grand Scottish Catholic family into which he married, and the professional friends of a lifetime in journalism, such as Peregrine Worsthorne and Charles Moore. On the other side were Johnson’s blood relatives: the former east Londoners or, as the Labour politician Ray Gunter might have put it, the “people from whence I came.” It would not quite be true to say that the twain had never met—but the encounters were few and…

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