Columnists: Dance of the Iconoclast

In his five years as Punch's editor in the 1950s, Malcolm Muggeridge quickened the dowdy humor magazine with pungent political satire. Circulation shot up. But when Muggeridge proposed lampooning Prince Charles's boarding school, he went too far even for Punch and was forced to quit. Nothing daunted, hardly loath and all that, he went on to ridicule the whole monarchy in a savage piece in the Saturday Evening Post. For that breach of British etiquette, he was roundly denounced, ostracized by his friends — and even banned, for a while, by the...

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