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Jonathan Aitken 73, author, on childhood in a TB ward in Dublin

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
3rd January, 2016
Jonathan Aitken Pic: Getty

Jonathan Aitken was once described as a future British prime minister. Then in 1999, he was convicted of perjury after an ill-judged libel case against the Guardian. He was sent to prison and found God, before returning to public life as a writer, businessman and Christian minister. Born in Dublin, Aitken’s grandfather was John Maffey, later Lord Rugby, the first British representative to the free Irish state. As a three-year-old boy in Dublin, Aitken was...

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