Stephen Pollard, editor of The Jewish Chronicle for 13 years, has stepped down but will remain as 'editor-at-large'. His successor, Jake Wallis Simons, also writes for The Spectator and broadcasts on Sky TV.
Meanwhile, I am personally saddened to learn of the passing of John Izbicki, a former education editor and Paris correspondent of The Daily Telegraph. He was 91.
Izbicki, a Holocaust refugee who settled in the UK, was a first-class writer,
Suave and urbane to a degree, Izbicki possessed a very fetching throaty speaking voice that he acquired in the most horrible way possible. He recalled how in his memoir and also in a piece he wrote for the JC in 2018.
I cannot recall exactly when but he once visited my home in Bury, Greater Manchester accompanied by a mutual friend. His mother and my paternal grandfather were then both resident at a home in Southport, Lancashire.
I offer any surviving relatives my sincere condolences or as we say in Anglo-Jewish tradition a 'long life'.
11 DECEMBER 2021