Anorak | Dear Daily Mail editor: Mehdi Hasan’s letter asking Paul Dacre for a job

Dear Daily Mail editor: Mehdi Hasan’s letter asking Paul Dacre for a job

by | 4th, October 2013


Order Order has published the following letter it claims was written by Mehdi Hassan. The letter is not dated. Why not? Hasan is an intelligent man. Surely his letter was dated. Has it been left off deliberately?

Hasan became The New Statesman’s political editor in the summer of 2009.  Jan Moir wrote her hatchet job on the dead Stephen Gately on 16 Nov 2009 (see video above). She’s just one writer of many at the Mail . She did not speak for the entire newsroom. Hardly. I have known some excellent reporters who worked at the Mail , including my late friend Sophie Walker , who was about as un Mail -like as it possible to be. She went to work to do a job. She was exceptionally good at it.

The aim seems to be to portray Hasan as inconsistent. But he’s not. He wants to add a new voice and new angles to the Mail. Good for him:

Dear Mr Dacre,

My name is Mehdi Hasan and I’m the New Statesman’s senior political editor. My good friend Peter Oborne suggested I drop you a line as I’m very keen to write for the Daily Mail.

Although I am on the left of the political spectrum, and disagree with the Mail’s editorial line on a range of issues, I have always admired the paper’s passion, rigour, boldness and, of course, news values. I believe the Mail has a vitally important role to play in the national debate, and I admire your relentless focus on the need for integrity and morality in public life, and your outspoken defence of faith, and Christian culture, in the face of attacks from militant atheists and secularists. I also believe as does Peter that I could be a fresh and passionate, not to mention polemical and contrarian, voice on the comment and feature pages of your award-winning newspaper.

For the record, I am not a Labour tribalist and am often ultra-critical of the left especially on social and moral issues, where my fellow leftists and liberals have lost touch with their own traditions and with the great British public. In my column in this week’s issue of the New Statesman, for example, I offered a critique of the five Labour leadership candidates, and their various inadequacies, accusing them all of lacking what George Bush Snr once called “the vision thing”.

I could therefore write pieces for the

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