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The way we were: bitterness

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

The painting in which the artist RB Kitaj fired back at his critics. © Astrup Fearnley Collection, Oslo, Norway. © The R. B. Kitaj Estate, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art, London

In a letter dated 1st January 1946, John Reith (1889-1971), a former minister and creator of the BBC, complained to Winston Churchill about his dismissal from government four years earlier:

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