The Press: Fleet Street Derby

In Lord Beaverbrook's mammoth Daily Express, the trial of handsome, lady-killing Neville Heath rambled through six extravagant columns. Lord Rothermere's Daily Mail had elbow room, too; its portrait of the gallows-bound Heath was in the best Fleet Street tradition (he looked and posed as a gentleman, but after all, his handkerchief stuck just a little too far out of his pocket, and his R.A.F. necktie was always "a trifle too aggressively knotted. . .").

In the tabloid Daily Mirror, "Cassandra" (William Connor), whose outspoken column almost got the paper suppressed for baiting the...

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