The Press: Balaam Beaver

Readers blinked their eyes and looked again; there, in Lord Beaverbrook's arch-Tory London Evening Standard, in a column-long leader, was a eulogy of white-topped "Mr. A. J. Cummings . . . the distinguished columnist of the Liberal Party who writes in the News Chronicle. He is a warrior in defense of liberty, a crusader in the cause of justice, freedom and righteousness."

Like Balaam, the leader hadn't started out that way. A fortnight ago, Rival Editor Cummings had given the Beaverbrook press a resounding thwack. "The Daily Express," he wrote in his News Chronicle...

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