On St Patrick’s Day, 1931, Stanley Baldwin, then the British prime minister, speaking in the closing days of a vital by-election campaign, rounded on the press barons, Lords Rothermere and Beaverbrook, who were using their power in an attempt to topple him, and coined the memorable phrase to describe their bullying role:
“Power without responsibility – the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages.”
The tide of public opinion turned in favour...
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