Christopher Booker – a personal tribute

I was ‘introduced’ to Christopher Booker by Richard North when, writing on my previous blog Witterings from Witney about the apparent failures in our child protection system as highlighted by Christopher Booker, I had a meeting with my then MP, David Cameron, on the subject. This lead, totally unexpected by me, to a long telephone call one evening from Christopher Booker, following which he most kindly mentioned me in his Sunday Telegraph column as I noted here.

Tributes have been paid by Richard North, and The Daily Telegraph (paywall) – to mention but two. Following the aforementioned telephone conversation, I had the pleasure and honour to meet this great journalist on three further occasions when he always remembered me and always enquired after my well-being, whilst assuring me that ‘Witterings’ was one of his many ‘daily reads’. Those of us who cry out for factual, well-researched journalism have now, sadly, lost a great proponent of this art.

Finally, I can but end by offering my deepest sympathy to his famiy and the many friends he had.

5 thoughts on “Christopher Booker – a personal tribute

  1. Christopher Booker, he gave us many things including the phrase, ‘tired an emotional’, which I’ve always liked and used a lot. I assume this phrase was first employed to describe George Brown the boorish character who did so much to make politics of his day seem unattractive. But the spirit of this behaviour lives on and today you could describe Anna Soubry the same way.

  2. ” factual, well researched journalism ” doesn’t exist, at least not in the MSM, only specialist blogs writen by deeply experienced and qualified people are now worth reading

    anyway even when the truth is placed in front of the people it makes little or no difference so whats the point of journalists, or the newspapers they write for?

    as for Booker he looks like he had a pretty good innings, 81, not a bad age, and those early years in Private Eye must have been fun!

    however the paper he wrote for has become, like much of the MSM, totally discredited and no fun whatsoever to work for judging by the revelations of Peter Oborne!

    unfortunately for Booker he’ll never see the outcome of Brexit , perhaps the way things are going that’ll be no bad thing!

  3. ” factual, well researched journalism ” doesn’t exist, at least not in the MSM,……..

    Well, it did with Booker as Richard North did his research.

    “anyway even when the truth is placed in front of the people it makes little or no difference so whats the point of journalists, or the newspapers they write for?”

    That we, the people, have accepted that Govts are beneficent and our ‘carers’, that journalists and newspapers do not debunk this myth; it is any wonder the people know not truth from fiction?

    1. well on a slightly different note i see the great Dr North has been pushing the THA….again!

      last Sunday 14/7/2019, he wrote a blog post all about said agenda, bit late in my opinion, the director of said agenda piled in defending his failure and after less than 140 comments North closed the whole thing down, claiming reasons of negativity on behalf of his readers!

      bit rich really when one considers North has been unremitting in his negativity over the last 3 years and done very little the support THA development

      his “research” seems to consist of nothing more than a myopic obsession with Fleet street hacks and useless Westminster politicians, meanwhile in the real world, you know the global world we were going to ” rejoin” things are looking more and more dangerous

      the world is currently undergoing a paradigm shift, away from western exceptionalism under American so called “leadership” to a multi polar world, and yet North can’t honour his readers with any research of analysis of what is actually happening in geopolitical terms

      having said that i think his son at times shows at least a glimmer of seeing the bigger picture

      its time Richard North came out of his Brexit bubble and smelt the coffee, the world is a changing and he’s really not keeping up!

      1. As much as the EU is unreformable so are some people. Leave means Leave and stop reading means……………!

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