Richard North, 09/07/2017  
 


A very truncated Booker column is on the website – down to 750 words from the 1,300 normally allocated. What's more, in the print copy he's been moved from the main newspaper to the back page of the Sunday supplement, along with the fashion tips, the girlie comments and the cookery columns.

Thus, what in any sane world, what would be on the front page of the paper is consigned to obscurity, while the dross takes pride of place.

Meanwhile, I'm still in Bristol, having been at Yeovilton airshow all day – see pic from Pete (above) F-5s from the Patrouille Suisse display team – so I'm not in a position to write a review. What I've done is post the link and I'll pick it up for tomorrow's post. Then, I'll work it in with the other work I've done on the issue.

That will probably be the last full piece I write on the Grenfell fire (for the moment at least) as I've got about as far as I'm going to get with it. But at least, I've done what I set out to do, to establish whether there was an EU angle, and whether there are any lessons for Brexit – with an answer of "yes" to both questions.

As so often, that puts us streets ahead of the legacy media and most pundits, with some unexpected culprits coming out of the woodwork. The full analysis will have to wait until I get back to my desk, though. In the meantime, by all means use the comments as an open thread. I'll keep an eye on them and respond when I can.






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