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James Whitaker Column: RESPECT FOR NIGEL.

Byline: James Whitaker

NIGEL Dempster is not a man I have liked for a decade. A few years ago, we had pathetic differences over trivialities concerning my racehorse and books each of us had written on the Prince and Princess of Wales.

I've hardly spoken to the chap since. Big girls' blouses and related descriptions spring to my mind.

But there are many sides to Nigel. He's one of the most generous people I've ever known. He went out of his way to promote me when I was out of a job in the early 70s (I was made redundant by the Daily Mail).

But, most impressive of all, was the way he reinvented the art of gossip column writing. As a result, he became the most famous name in Fleet Street, a role that still holds true.

Now, he's ill and will never make a come-back. I want our bad memories of one another to go. I want Nigel to have peace and contentment in his retirement.

The newspaper industry will be a much poorer place without him.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 27, 2003
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