The Press and the Party System between the Wars

  • Colin Seymour-Ure


J. A. Spender, worthy and rational editor of the Westminster Gazette, ‘the sea-green incorruptible’, found himself disputing government policy with the owner of a mass circulation paper. The man undertook to prove his paper’s line correct. He sent for the circulation figures and pointed triumphantly to the rise that began when his line was started. Spender was numbed. ‘I found it impossible to persuade him that there was any gap in his reasoning’.1


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