Paul Dacre, scourge of the Establishment, returns to its bosom

Paul Dacre, scourge of the Establishment, returns to its bosom

THANKS TO OBJECTIONS from politically correct, Peloton-riding civil servants, Paul Dacre explained in a letter to the Times on November 19th, he was out of the running for the chairmanship of Ofcom. Instead of leading the broadcast and telecoms regulator, he would be taking up “an exciting new job in the private sector”. Three days later, to surprise on Fleet Street, it turned out that the new gig was a return to his old one: editor-in-chief at the parent company of the Daily Mail, Britain’s most-read (and most-feared) newspaper. Ofcom was an odd fit for Mr Dacre, who edited the Mail for 26 years and once dismissed online news as “bullshit.com”. The government nonetheless appeared set on him getting the job, reopening the selection process after he was rejected by …
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