Tariq Ali and the red mac

Snippet from this morning’s Desert Island Discs on Radio 4: Tariq Ali (‘I don’t want the Bible’), the writer and political campaigner, was highly visible in the 1960s because he wore a red mac. It turned out he was given this by Ken Thompson, fashion editor of Michael Heseltine’s Town magazine, who had got it in for a photo shoot. The mac’s makers – it might have been Aquascutum – were ‘very unhappy’ at such a radical being seen wearing one of their products.

Sunday’s subject – the Daily Mail‘s cartoonist Mac.

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