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Well, it was very anti-Mr Kinnock, it was a pretty crude campaign, the forerunner of many others, and it was over the top.

How much did that affect the election? Labour Party mythology has it that it made a huge difference. I don't actually think so. I think the news coverage in 1992 and 1997 accelerated a trend that existed. I do not think it changed the result of either of those General Elections. I think we would have won in 1992, we would have lost in 1997. But it was a pretty way over the top campaign in their attacks on Mr Kinnock.

Actually, if I can say something about Mr Kinnock. I didn't know him at all until I became leader of the Conservative Party, and like everybody else, I had read what people said about Mr Kinnock. I found in dealing with him a very different man. He has this fiery oratory, and that is something people pick up on and attack him for, but the Neil Kinnock I knew when I was Prime Minister and he was leader of the Labour Party was very honest, very straightforward. If I met him privately, it stayed private. If we reached an agreement, it stayed private. If he gave me his word, he kept his word. I found him very straightforward to deal with, and in my judgment, a much more considerable person than he was portrayed as being in the media I had seen before I came to know him.

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