Prominent Conservative British Journalist William Rees-Mogg Dead at 84

By:  Bob Adelmann
01/02/2013
       
Prominent Conservative British Journalist William Rees-Mogg Dead at 84

With the passing of British writer The Right Honourable The Lord Rees-Mogg, a voice that for more than 60 years resonated in the freedom firmament was stilled.

With the passing of British writer The Right Honourable The Lord Rees-Mogg, a voice that for more than 60 years resonated in the freedom firmament was stilled.

Upon graduation from Oxford in 1951 (as president of Oxford Union), William Rees-Mogg began his journalism career at The Financial Times in 1952. He moved to the Sunday Times in 1960, where he became editor in 1967, serving until 1981. He left the Times after the paper was purchased by Rupert Murdoch, returning years later as an occasional columnist on current affairs.

He co-founded Newsmax Media with James Dale Davidson and Christopher Ruddy in September 1998, along with investors including family members of the late CIA Director William J. Casey. Davidson, who co-authored several books with Rees-Mogg, including The Sovereign Individual, The Great Reckoning, and Blood in the Streets, was the founder of the National Taxpayers Union, and noted that Rees-Mogg was actively engaged until the end:

For a senior figure in the establishment, Lord Rees-Mogg was a remarkably open-minded libertarian and I would say something of a free spirit…

I saw Lord Rees-Mogg for lunch just several months ago in London. As always he was sharp, questioning me about the upcoming American election and giving [me] his take on world events and the global economy. His mind never slept.

Ruddy added: “My friend was not only a remarkable journalist, but a man of value who lived for something larger than himself, who wanted Britain to remain strong and relevant, and as a helping hand to the other country he loved, the United States.”

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Photo: Lord Rees-Mogg

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