Sun 29 March 2009, The Independent

The feral beast: The last Johnson

Bad news for those who feel The Spectator ain't what it used to be. Columnist Paul Johnson, has resigned after being asked to write less often. Since 1981, Johnson has penned a weekly essay, holding forth with astonishing knowledge on art, religion, science and philosophy. He quit after receiving a letter from editor Matthew d'Ancona asking him to go fortnightly. Previously editor of New Statesman , Johnson is close to Tony Blair, whom he advised during his premiership, and George Bush, who awarded him the Medal of Freedom. "I'm not sad about leaving – I don't regret it at all," he tells me.
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