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Blair’s slaggy prolespeak

Piers Morgan, former editor of the main popular paper of the left, regards politics and life as showbiz. And the politicians let him get away with it

By John Lloyd   June 2005

The Insider by John Lloyd (Ebury Press, £17.99)

The diaries kept by Piers Morgan when he was editor of the Daily Mirror (1995-2004) comprise one of the most revealing narratives on the nature of power and the media in modern Britain. Morgan made his name, appropriately enough, as a showbusiness columnist on the Sun, and in 1994, at the age of just 28, became editor of the News of the World, before being offered the Mirror job a year later. While his book often reflects badly on contemporary politicians—overwhelmingly the leadership of the New Labour government—it is also devastating about…

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