Former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre withdraws from race to become Ofcom’s new chairman – .

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Former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre withdraws from race to become Ofcom’s new chairman – .


Old Daily mail editor-in-chief Paul Dacre has retired from the race to become the next chairman of media watchdog Ofcom.
Boris Johnson’s favorite candidate has left the competition despite the government deciding to restart the nomination process to give him another chance.

Mr Dacre, 73, said he decided not to apply again for the job because he had failed after the first round of interviews.

He said he would instead take an “exciting new job in the private sector” despite “many senior members of the government” urging him to try again.

After leaving the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) this week after 42 years, including 26 as editor of the Daily mailit was reported to be Mr Johnson’s preferred choice in early talks.

Mr Dacre described his experience of the process as an “unfortunate banter with the Blob” and said the civil service influenced the decision to dismiss him because of his center-right “convictions”.

“The Blob” is a term favored by Mr Johnson’s former adviser Dominic Cummings to describe the collective ranks of the public service.

Mr Dacre wrote to the newspaper: “To anyone in the private sector, who, God forbid, has beliefs, and is considering applying for a public appointment, I say the following: the public service will monitor (and disclose) all ; the process could take a year during which your life will be put on hold; and if you have an independent mind and are not associated with the liberals / lefts, you are more likely to win the lottery than to get the job.

In another attack on the civil service, Mr Dacre said his new job in the private sector “was struggling to create the wealth necessary to pay all of those top civil servants working from home so they could spend more time doing jobs. exercise on their Peloton bikes and polish their political correctness. .

He also warned that the new Ofcom chairman would face an “impressive challenge” in trying to regulate “the omnipotent, ruthless and, as we have learned, amoral tech giants.”

Mr Dacre took aim at the current CEO of Ofcom, Dame Melanie Dawes, adding: fishy. “

The Good Law Project suggested that its threat to take legal action against the government for “rigging” the nomination process could have influenced Mr Dacre’s decision to leave the race.

Nearly 90,000 people had signed a petition set up by the Good Law Project against government favoritism for Mr. Dacre.

The group said last week that “there is a pattern taking shape in Downing Street” in that Mr Johnson “tries to tear the rules and start over” when there is a result he does not ‘do not like.

He added: “We saw it with the Owen Paterson scandal and we see it again now with the rigged nomination process for the new chairman of media regulator Ofcom.

“All of this is beyond belief. And not surprisingly, we think this cheeky string pull is illegal.

Lawyers acting for the Good Law Project wrote today to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, stating that this’ second competition raises very serious concerns, particularly as to whether ‘it was organized and designed in order to promote the candidacy of Mr. Dacre’.

He had asked the government to provide answers as to why the process was “rigged” and that it would sue the government if it did not explain its actions.

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