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Michael Foot, orator

By Tom Chatfield  

As the tributes pour in to Michael Foot, who died aged 96 earlier today, it’s worth looking back almost seven decades to the man in his early pomp as editor of the Evening Standard. Here, aged just 28, he speaks in defence of the Daily Mirror‘s right to criticise Churchill’s government with one of the greatest weapons in the public speaker’s arsenal—mockery, of the most serious kind. It’s 1942, and this is simply astonishing:

Michael Mackintosh Foot, 23rd July 1913 to 3rd March 2010.

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