The Press: After the Fall

It was an oldfashioned, ripping Fleet Street row. The issue: press treatment of the abrupt resignation from the Labor Party of Lord George-Brown, 61, the hard-drinking, outspoken former British Foreign Secretary, Deputy Prime Minister and Economic Affairs Minister. A member of the House of Lords since 1970, George-Brown went on TV to announce his decision to quit the party after 40 years. The move, prompted by George-Brown's fear that press freedom would be threatened by a Labor proposal requiring all journalists to join a union, was made only after considerable personal turmoil—and some...

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