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where he edited the student newspaper, the Glasgow University Guardian, and dabbled in student television.
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.
Worsthorne argued in an editorial article "Playboys as Editors" in March 1989 for The Sunday Telegraph that Neil was not fit to edit a serious Sunday newspaper.
Worsthorne effectively accused Neil of knowing that Bordes was a prostitute.
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.