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Sorry, I didn't answer. I was trying to amplify that first six months. You're quite right, something changed. It must have changed at the same time for Denis Hamilton, who was then being forced out, but what changed I think, Mr Jay, and this could be checked, in 1981 it was a very bad time in Britain. Mrs Thatcher was grossly unpopular. She was trying very hard to do what she thought was right, but the policy of her strict monetarism, like the austerity in Europe today, was not working, and that led to a great deal of anxiety on Mr Murdoch's part and in fact on everybody's part.

At the same time, he was feeling money pressures, which we didn't know about at the time. So after September, October, it got more and more difficult. The skies got darker and darker until the thundercloud burst.

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