Shock horror

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Shock horror

YOU WILL have heard last week the Chief Secretary of the Treasury telling you all about how the British media spreads a cancer of malignant cells through society and so on - well, it seems that it's scientifically true. Last week's edition of the Economist reports: "In 1988-89, Iraq bought 26 tonnes of media for growing bacteria - potentially enough to produce two or three tonnes of horrors to fill biological warheads."

The horrors of the tabloids, at least, have hardly diminished since then. It's little wonder that Jonathan Aitken is keen to have the upper

hand over this important commodity.