Things that make you despair: young journalists who have never read Scoop. In a better world that would be a sacking offence. Clive publishes a reminder of the novel's glories as part of his excellent Notebook feature:
"Come to think of it," he added moodily, "there's no point in answering anyway. Look at mine."
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"Can't say that's not frank, can you?" said Corker. "God rot 'em."
Well, yes, exactly.