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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:12 pm on 27th January 1981.

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Photo of Geoffrey Robinson Geoffrey Robinson , Coventry North West 4:12 pm, 27th January 1981

Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that this is not a question of bluff? After 15 years of ownership of these vital national newspapers, especially The Times, is it not an insult to the nation to fix a deadline of this kind and to say "Otherwise, I shall close them down"? Is it not reminiscent of what the Chrysler Corporation tried to do, when the Labour Government stood up to it?