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Elegant memoir from a true giant of British journalism

Memoirs. By William Rees-Mogg. Harper Press, €37.80

16th July, 2011

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When Mick Jagger was sent to prison for the possession of amphetamine tablets in June 1967, the British establishment was delighted to see him getting his comeuppance.The county’s most august newspaper, however, took a surprisingly liberal line.

In a thundering editorial headlined ‘Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?’,The Times declared that Jagger was being singled out for unfair treatment, triggering a public backlash that...

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