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10-11 June


How will the real Succession battle end?

The “real-life drama” surrounding who will take over Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is even more ruthless than Succession, says Today in Focus. Three of Murdoch’s children from his second marriage – Elisabeth, Lachlan and James – have been preparing for the fight their entire life. Growing up in New York, they’d sit around the breakfast table with their father and he would nod along as they dissected the big US newspapers he owned – the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal – pointing out grammatical mistakes and substandard headlines. Family friends said Elisabeth was always the smartest, but that she was “never really in contention” for the top job. Too many of the top brass were, as she put it, “less than keen on women”.


There is “something tragicomic” about Prince Harry’s crusade against the press, says Freddy Gray in The Spectator. He says his life’s work is “changing the media landscape in the UK”, but doesn’t seem to realise that he has turned up to the battlefield “15 years too late”. If the press barons like Murdoch and Maxwell once wielded vast, unaccountable power, they don’t any more. “That sort of influence now rests with the tech chiefs – Musk, Zuckerberg, Bezos and co.” Harry thinks he’s bringing newspapers to heel, but in truth, “the press is already on its knees”: The Sun now sells about 700,000 copies, a fraction of its sales in its heyday; the Daily Mirror’s circulation is dwindling too. “Gallant Harry didn’t slay these giants. The internet did.”



To get back one’s youth, one has merely to repeat one’s follies.”

Oscar Wilde


The flat

This two-bedroom penthouse with unbroken sea views is situated on a prestigious Grade I listed crescent in Hove. Inside, there’s a modern kitchen and a light-filled sitting room which opens onto a west-facing balcony, described by the previous owners as “the ideal spot for a G&T while watching the breathtaking sunsets”. Brighton and Hove stations are both within a mile, and each has direct trains to London in just over an hour. £450,000.

The estate

This 2,395-acre estate on Scotland’s Isle of Skye is on the market for the same price as a posh London flat. It contains a nine-bedroom, 4,600 square-foot Georgian mansion with a boathouse for anyone keen to make use of the fishing rights to Loch Dunvegan, which it overlooks. Also included is the village of Borreraig, 127 acres of farmland, various farm buildings, a cottage and a derelict church. Ferries to the mainland at Mallaig take 45 minutes. £1.35 million.




Seriousness – and morality, and indeed sanity – cannot exist without humour.

Martin Amis