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Opposition to perceived public school and Oxbridge attitudes was a hallmark of Neil's Sunday Times editorship.

Neil regards the newspaper's revelation of details of Israel's nuclear weapons programme in 1986, by using photographs and testimony from former Israeli nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu, as his greatest scoop as an editor.

In 1973, he joined The Economist as a correspondent and was later promoted as editor of the publication's section on Britain.

Neil was editor of The Sunday Times from 1983 to 1994. It was argued that he was appointed by Rupert Murdoch over more experienced colleagues, such as Hugo Young and Brian Mac Arthur.

The White & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival runs from Thursday until March 25.

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Busy Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken isn’t performing a routine as far as I know, but she has promised “big Glasgow laughs and smiles aplenty”.

That’s one politician’s promise that I think we can safely say will be kept.

As well as stand-up, the festival will feature magicians, rappers, interactive comedy games, and shows inspired by everything from zombies through Elvis to Star Trek.As of 2018 Neil presents live political programmes This Week on BBC One and Daily Politics on BBC Two.He was the editor of The Sunday Times for 11 years.Now in its 16th year, it’s billed as “Europe’s largest comedy festival” – who’s measuring?– and features such household names as Ed Byrne, Limmy, David Baddiel, Jerry Sadowitz, Alexei Sayle, Mark Steel, Phil Differ, Shappi Khorsandi, and Elaine C Smith (of course, “household names” depends on the household, and from the copious list in the programme, I’ve included only those I’ve heard of, bearing in mind that, where there’s a loop, I’ll be out of it).

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