Paul Routledge (; born 11 December 1943)
[Dennis Griffiths (ed.) ''The Encyclopedia of the British Press, 1422–1992'', London and Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992, p.498–99]
is an English journalist. Routledge currently writes for the ''Daily Mirror
'', where he is a political correspondent, and is considered 'Old Labour
' in his political outlook.
Born in Yorkshire, he is the son of a railway clerk, although most of his male relatives were miners.
"The New Statesman Profile - Paul Routledge"
''New Statesman'', 15 January 1999
After an education at Normanton Grammar School
and Nottingham University
, where he read English, Routledge began his career in journalism on graduation. By 1969 he was working for ''The Times
'' on the Labour relations desk, later becoming Labour editor. Following a brief period in Singapore,
he joined ''The Observer
'' (in 1986) shortly after the Wapping dispute
When ''The Guardian
'' took over that newspaper, he left for the ''Independent on Sunday
In 1985, Routledge was the subject of much controversy in the British media after he engaged in a discussion on the miners' strike
with the Queen, which is against convention of Royal visits. After being denounced by much of the tabloid press, he was forced to apologise for this by ''The Times'', but later said that his apology was inaccurate.
[ In the introduction to his biography of Arthur Scargill, Routledge states that he had missed the briefing on how to behave during the visit, as he was originally due to miss the event to cover an NUM meeting in Sheffield.] He gives an account of the conversation of 28 February 1985:
:The Queen volunteered that she had been down a coal mine in Scotland, which had closed not long after. Innocently, I asked what her feelings about the strike were. She thought it "very sad", and after a pause added "It's all about one man, isn't it?" - or words to very similar effect. I wasn't taking notes, nor was anyone else. Evidently, it was not done. I offered the view that perhaps it wasn't about one man: knowing the miners, having been brought up among them, I thought that one man couldn't bring out 100,000 men for a whole year. There was a pregnant pause, and the royal party moved on. The exchange had taken thirty seconds at most.
He has written biographies of Gordon Brown, Peter Mandelson, Arthur Scargill and Airey Neave.
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