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But ghosted articles in newspapers are nothing know. I mean, ghosted articles in newspapers have been going for as long as Mr Caxton was here. It was a perfectly common thing and I wouldn't want you to think that I would just write a piece and lob it in the paper. What would happen was I would have a view, I would speak to John Stevens, we would work out the structure of the article, I would write the article, I would email it to him or fax it to him, he would come back to me and say, "I like this, I don't want to do that, I want to change this", I would do it again, I would send it back to him, he would say, "Okay", I would send it to the back bench, the back bench would subedit it, I would get the subediting version -- because plainly, you're going to write about 1,000 words which are going to come down to about 800 words, say. I would then check that I was happy with the subediting. I would send that back to John for his final say-so before it was put in the paper, including the headlines.

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