24 JANUARY 1964, Page 14

PRESS GUIDES is a depressing fact that professional journalists who,

over the years, have turned for guidance and information to the weekly comments on Fleet Street in various periodicals have instead been treated to a constant flood of crank views, bitter personal hostility and egocentric reminders of the writers' own superior talents. Two notable excep- tions are Francis Williams and Christopher Hollis.

Now, however, Mr. Randolph Churchill has joined the crapulous majority and already his weekly column has become a collector's item in a crowded market. For instance, his attacks on The Times may or may not be justified, but one ceases to care very much when the same petty complaints are stuffed down readers' gullets with obstinate and tiresome regularity.


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