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In your book, Sir Harold, you ranked the seven finalists, as you know, on pages 144 and 145. News International came top. The pros:

"Commercially viable, proven track record of successful newspaper management, ability in Australia to create a quality newspaper [that's The Australian], readiness to retain present editors, which is" -- well, Mr Rees-Mogg moved on at his wish, I think, and you became editor of the Times. And then the reservations:

"Mr Murdoch's arrival in England has had some deteriorating effect on the standards of the daily tabloid press."

Was that your view?

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