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Who sets political course at the Torygraph?

For a change, Stephen Glover focuses on the Daily Telegraph’s political direction in his On the Press column in The Independent today, rather than the ructions going on at the last broadsheet. The Conservative Party can no longer rely on the Daily Torygraph which is the least sympathetic member of the right-wing press to David Cameron’s new Tories, he writes.

But after a few paragraphs we are back to the issues of who edits the paper and who hires and fires. John Bryant (the editor, know to staff as “Grandpa Bryant” according to Glover) has been resisting plans to make Simon Heffer (anti-Cameron writer) the deputy editor (comment).

That says Glover would be “tantamount to having a political commissar foisted on you in post-revolutionary Russia”. The answer to the paper’s present poltical stance is in three names — Murdoch MacLennan (chief exectutive of the Telegraph group, Heffer, and PR man Guy Black.

On who will win, Glover is undecided, writing:

Mr Bryant should not be wholly underestimated. He pursues his goals quietly and determinedly. Last week, The Daily Telegraph’s leader column was quite nice about Mr Cameron’s speech, which had been calculated to enrage the Tory right. If Mr Bryant manages to see off the plan to appoint Mr Heffer to the post of deputy editor (comment), he may continue to burn a slightly crumbling candle for Mr Cameron.

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