The dogmatically honest Northern Irish journalist John Cole dies

Sad news that the BBC’s former chief reporter John Cole has died after a long illness. A fine decent and fiercely honest man, he once issued an internal paper as a counterblast to his pugnacious editor in chief at the Observer Conor Cruise O’Brien called ‘In praise of honest dealing’. Not long after he had a blazing row with the paper’s new owner Tiny Rowland when Cole gave evidence against him at the Monopolies Commission.

Personally, I always admired the way he never lost a single syllable of his accent despite spending most of his working life in the midst of the British establishment in London. He has been much missed ever since his retirement…