The Press: Nat Gubbins

Lord Beaverbrook's flamboyant Sunday Express of London is one of Britain's most popular papers. One reason: Nathaniel Gubbins, a 50-year-old, pink-faced fellow who looks like a shy insurance agent whose feet hurt. Nathaniel (real name: Norman) Gubbins is a columnist.

Once a week Nat Gubbins speaks for the British man-in-the-street better than the British man-in-the-street can speak for himself. Dry-eyed sentimentalist, sly humorist, casual reformer, recorder of mutton-headed remarks, he has become the most widely read of British columnists. He has no U.S. parallel. His column, "Sitting On The Fence," is a kind-of...

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