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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: December 20, 2010 @ 10:44 am

    Anthony Howard 1934-2010

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    Sorry to hear about the death of Anthony Howard, a leading British political journalist for the last half-century. He was an authoritative voice both in print and on the air. He edited the New Statesman when that magazine was must reading for anyone interested in political matters (it’s still pretty good, actually.)

    Although clearly a man of the centre-left, you never felt he was pushing an agenda on you. He was a good role-model for journalists of my generation. He also proved that you don’t have to be handsome to be successful in journalism!

    Here are some links to accounts of  his long and varied career. He had a touch of class, and I don’t mean in the social sense of the word. Howard was well-educated and erudite but wore his learning lightly and expressed himself in clear, accessible language.

    I am not surprised to read that he had friends on both sides of the House at Westminster. He was a true professional. Speaking in global terms: it is somewhat wearisome to see how journos with naked or semi-clothed political agendas, generally but not always on the hard right, dominate the scene today, but maybe it was ever thus.

    • David Butler says:

      Yes, he was a special guy, with a rather easy going manner, was a part of TV for many many years and came across like he had his ear to the ground. I would say he was easy enough to work with – not the domineering type! He had a very distinct style; political coverage on the screen has lost a great character.

    • I was happy to read your appreciation of Howard, Deaglán. He was one of the great Westminster commentators. This year, we also lost the great Alan Watkins — Private Eye’s Alan Watneys — whose bibulous musings on British politics always delighted me. “Mr Brown would be well advised to consider Lord Liverpool’s advice to the Lord Chancellor when…” A great generation of pundits is leaving us.

    • We shall not see their likes again

    • Sorry to lower the atmosphere further, Deaglán, but it seems that Brian Hanrahan has just died as well. Gloomy times.

    • ann says:

      I was happy to read your appreciation of Howard, Gucci Handbags. He was one of the great Westminster commentators.

    • I saw that: he was only 61 years of age. His “I counted them all out and counted them all in again” from the aircraft carrier in the Falklands/Malvinas conflict has ensured his legendary status. My kind of reporter.

    • Ann: Am I imaging things or did you slip in a link to a Gucci Handbags ad in your comment on the late Anthony Howard? This is tacky in the extreme.

    • Kevin Creedon says:

      The comment by “Ann” is spam,not a genuine comment,I suspect Ann is not the persons name either.

    • I suspected as much. It’s pretty tacky. Hard to believe Gucci could be associated with something like this: they are supposed to have class!

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