The trouble with 60th birthdays

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With Paul Dacre’s 60th birthday on the horizon, media commentators are speculating who will inherit the crown from the great man when he retires. Not surprisingly, the name of his deputy, Alistair Sinclair, is touted by some Mail watchers.

If Sinclair does land the job, it will be further proof that the late Sir David English really was a remarkable talent-spotter. A source at Associated’s Derry Street HQ reminds me that, back in 1990, the Mail’s features department was headed by Sue Douglas, ably assisted by two features executives, Chris Williams and Alistair Sinclair.

Douglas went on to edit the Sunday Express, while Williams later got the editor’s chair at the Daily Express, before eventually returning to the bosom of the Mail family. Might Sinclair make it a hat-trick for English’s ‘golden generation”?

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