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A thoroughly modern mistress

She took no money for her tales of bonking at the Bank ... but that doesn't make Mary Ellen Synon a good woman, say ANGELA LAMBERT and VICKY WARD

Cracking the whip over lunch

A minor worry has cropped up with regard to my memoirs, From Sunningdale To This. I had decided to concoct a fictional present into which the past - intruding as a blizzard of racontage - would collide as a limiting influence. It then occurred to me that I might be unable to imagine a current escapade (myself and an insolent young Turk, say, locked in a deadly game) and that I should rely therefore on real events.

REVIEW : Always guaranteed to spin a good yarn

As Max Clifford tells the story, he lost his first job - in a snooty south London department store - for impertinence. He worked in floor coverings, and when a haughty female customer asked him to show her something suitable for her back passage, he promptly directed her to the candle section. Now, as Max Clifford tells the story, you have to be cautious here. He has a fine eye for a good tale and shows no unseemly prejudice against those that aren't true. Nor is he particularly abashed by this. Did you make up the story about Prince Andrew's girlfriend, asked Andrew Neil sternly in Is This Your Life? (C4). "Yes" said Clifford, without hesitation, his face a mask of guileless candour.

LEADING ARTICLE : Golly, it's John and Tony Tarantino your tongues language

SUDDENLY, political leaders are anxious not to seem nice. They wish to be blunt, to be robust, to tell it like it is. Mr Major says Labour's plans for devolution are "teenage madness". Mr Blair accuses his party's MEPs of "infantile incompetence"

The Kelvin touch? Not on your telly: MacKenzie went to Sky to make it like the Sun. But, says Mark Lawson, Murdoch's body-swap failed

MANY in the traditional and liberal media will have reacted to the news of Kelvin MacKenzie's resignation as managing director of BSkyB with the same one-word thought: Gotcha] - the notorious Sun headline for the sinking of the General Belgrano during the Falklands war.

View from City Road: Malaysian row rumbles on

Prospects for British business in Malaysia do not seem to have improved since Andrew Neil, editor of the Sunday Times, was exiled to New York. The row rumbles on judging by comments made yesterday by Jamaluddin Jarjis, chief executive of EPE Power. Mr Jarjis was quoted as saying that as far as he was concerned his company's joint venture with Rolls- Royce to build 10 high-voltage power substations was suspended as long as British newspapers 'continued to be irresponsible in reporting lies about Prime Minister Mahathir'.

Media / Talk of the Trade: Chapman missed

PATSY CHAPMAN, editor of the News of the World, who is retiring on health grounds, will be greatly missed by the Press Complaints Commission, where she is held in affection because of the time she devoted to reforming the system of self-regulation, drawing up a tougher code and ensuring that tabloid editors joined the inner circle of gamekeepers. When Chapman, a gentle, slight woman, was appointed in 1988 (following Wendy Henry) she was part of a trend to promote women to the top jobs. With Piers Morgan confirmed as editor of the NoW and Andrew Neil handing over to John Witherow at the Sunday Times, there is scant sign that the rising generation of female journalists is building on the bridgeheads of the Eighties.

Letter: Pedants only

Sir: If Andrew Neil ('Life enters yet another section', 7 May) was indeed employing 'the language of pedantry' when he exhorted his style editor to reject three choices and, instead, to make reference to three alternatives, then he should brush up his pedantry. It is not possible, or at least etymologically accurate, to have more than two alternatives.

Captain Moonlight: New Yorkers' guide to Brillo

YOU WILL have rejoiced with the Captain at the news that Andrew Neil, the editor of the Sunday Times, is to take up a job in the United States as editor and chief reporter of a new television current affairs programme for Rupert Murdoch's Fox TV network. It is always good to see someone getting on in life, and it is no secret that Mr Neil has for some time wanted to get into 'serious money', as opposed to the figure of between pounds 100,000 and pounds 200,000 he is reported to be earning currently.

PROFILE: Life enters yet another section: Andrew Neil, an editor in love with America

RUMOURS of the editor's departure were circulating among the staff of the Sunday Times last Tuesday, at least an hour before the call came. Then, following a discreet telephonic murmur, the entire complement of Britain's largest and most successful broadsheet paper piled into the newsroom to hear Andrew Ferguson Neil announce that he was temporarily (though some believe it will be permanently) quitting the post he has held with such tenacity and success for 10 years.

'Sunday Times' editor heads for Big Apple: Andrew Neil to launch current affairs programme for Murdoch in US. Maggie Brown reports

ANDREW NEIL, the editor of the Sunday Times, is stepping down for at least seven months and moving to New York to launch a new current affairs programme for Rupert Murdoch's Fox TV network.

Paper says sorry

Baroness Thatcher received 'unreserved apologies' in the High Court from the Mail on Sunday for infringing the rights owned by Lady Thatcher, publisher HarperCollins and the Sunday Times in her memoirs, The Downing Street Years. Andrew Neil, editor of the Sunday Times, said the case cost the Mail on Sunday more than pounds 500,000.

Neil attacks Mahathir 'lies'

ANDREW NEIL, editor of the Sunday Times, yesterday accused the Malaysian prime minister of lying as British officials tried to repair the latest rift between the two countries, writes Patricia Wynn Davies.
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