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Sketch Writers
Sketch writers

These, according to Matthew Parris, one of the most accomplished practitioners of the art, are ‘a strange breed’ that are ‘something of an anachronism’ (Parris, 2003: 367). But they complement the factual parliamentary coverage of gallery reporters and the authoritative political news delivered by lobby correspondents: albeit that the latter is replete with government spin. The survival of sketch writers reflects the insatiable public curiosity about Parliament. ‘As long as accounts of the Commons have been written,’ Parris claims ‘people have been curious to know more than what was said: how it was said, what the atmosphere in the chamber was like. They wanted to know about moods, behaviour, appearance, eccentricity, comedy, even dress’ (ibid.: 267–8).

Contemporary sketch writers like Quentin Letts, Simon Hoggart ...

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