Princess Diana was the patron saint of today's dangerous age of populism
The Princess of Wales was no saint. Twenty years after her tragic death in a car crash, it's important to resist the lure of sentimentality, and acknowledge her faults and failings as well as her virtues
A short while before Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris, I'd begun writing a new weekly column for the Northern Irish edition of the now defunct News Of The World.
I decided to tackle rumours that Diana was thinking of quitting Britain for a new life with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed in Europe. The gist of my argument was that Britain would be well shot of her.
It appeared in some early editions of the newspaper the following Sunday, August 31 1997, by which point Diana was dead after her chauffeur-driven car collided with a pillar at 12.23am while being pursued by paparazzi.