The Press: The Hansard Men

Thirty years ago a bluff Irish newshawk, covering the Home Rule issue and Dublin riots for an Irish paper, got himself reprimanded by both the British and the Irish patriots in the same week. He took it as a compliment to his fairness. Last week, still an impartial reporter, white-haired Tom O'Donoghue, now 61, became boss of Britain's most impartial daily, Hansard's official record of Parliamentary Debates.

Press & public are used to regarding Parliament's business as their own, but Parliament took its time in letting them in on it. For centuries it published...

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