Chris Buckland, who has died aged 73, was an outstanding political reporter, columnist and foreign correspondent, and one of the funniest and best liked figures in Fleet Street and the Lobby.
Stocky and debonair, with a trademark cigar, he filed over the years to almost every national tabloid in turn while living life to the full, but his journalistic home was the Daily Mirror. His raffish style carried over to his copy. Covering the Gulf War from Saudi Arabia in 1991, he wrote plaintively: “The first casualty of war is not the truth; it is room service.”
One colleague described Buckland as “the only teetotaller you could spend a five-hour lunch with”, but it was not always so. His “well-refreshed” period ended in 1981 when he was foreign editor of the Mirror; the paper booked him into the Priory and thereafter he resisted alcohol with the same determination with which he would later fight...
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