Alastair Burnett

The Economist’s obituary of its former editor Alastair Burnett is lovely, thoroughly lovely, particularly as it discusses how he made the magazine more punchy and chatty….

A few considered it vulgar, and thought it reflected a lack of seriousness on the part of the editor. They were reinforced in this view by Alastair’s jocular banter, his easy resort to mimicry and his habit of taking the Monday morning editorial meeting with a gin and tonic in his hand. Worse, he commissioned regular articles on golf, and had an undisguised interest in football (this was before every intellectual affected a fascination for Aston Villa) and an even greater love for the turf.


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