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When it comes to food, journalists and reporters are far too keen to fill themselves up on a diet of fear and hype.

Hero and Zero

Tim Black explains why wiki-wierdo Julian Assange was never his hero, and why we should all cheer CERN.

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Five reasons Britain is worse off without the News of the World

Did you like the News of the World, the irreverent tabloid of some 168 years’ standing which was shut down by its owner Rupert Murdoch a year ago this week? Some people did (it had about seven million readers every Sunday), while others came out in hives at the mere mention of it. I found myself somewhere in the middle, sometimes enjoying the paper’s style and screw-you attitude while recognising that through its anti-paedophile and other shrill moral and political campaigns it did its fair share to degrade public life.

But looking back over the past year, in which there has been a huge News of the World-shaped hole in Britain, it doesn’t really matter what you thought of the paper. You should still be concerned by its absence, and more importantly by what that absence reveals about the shifting political balance in modern Britain. After all, if even an outlet as historic, profitable and popular as the News of the World can be done away with effectively for offending liberal sensibilities, what hope is there for other publications that find themselves on the ‘wrong side’ in the Culture War?

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