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Date TimeAugust 31, 2019
VoiceWe live in earnest times – so there’s all the more need for mischievous tittle-tattle, argues the author of a new book on the secrets of power
In defence of gossip: why we should bring back the newspaper diary column
In 2009, the BBC wondered whether the diary column was dying. The alleged nail in the coffin was the closure of People, the Times diary, making the paper the only national without a dedicated tittle-tattle section.
Ten years on, the Guardian, Independent and Telegraph have lost their diaries, but the Times regained its own in 2013. Meanwhile, the Evening Standard’s Londoner, the Daily Mail’s Ephraim Hardcastle and a handful of others valiantly limp on, but there is a feeling that their shine has worn off.

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