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Anthony Barnett witnesses the rowdy birth of republican Murdoch Man

By Anthony Barnett   March 1997

British republicans and monarchists alike have been upstaged by the British people. The Tories-the Tories-failed to grasp this. In what they thought was a carefully planned ambush of the Labour party, they picked up the Crown in the form of the Royal yacht only to drop it on their own foot. They should have known better, for the writing could not have been projected on to our screens in bigger letters.

In an extraordinary and raucous show staged in January by Carlton TV in the Birmingham stadium used for Gladiators, the monarchy was turned over. The phone-in for or against…

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