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‘It’s a totally predatory business. You’ve got to have nerves of steel, because if you miss your slot or fail to get something everybody knows you’ve screwed up. It’s a public humiliation. You can’t carry someone who really doesn’t know what they’re doing, because it can go so horribly wrong. You rely on everyone, they all have to be good. And it’s very competitive. It can be fraught sometimes – tempers flare because of the pressure, but everyone makes up afterwards.’


It’s set to be an absolute blockbuster of a trial – a head-on libel clash between two outspoken egos, former MP Neil Hamilton and Harrods department store owner Mohamed al-Fayed.

Mr Hamilton is suing the charismatic ...

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