John Junor
Sir John Donald Brown Junor (15 January 1919 – 3 May 1997) was a Scottish journalist and editor-in-chief of the Sunday Express, having previously worked as a columnist there. He then moved to the Mail on Sunday.

Junor is mostly remembered for his comment "...with compatriots like these (the IRA Brighton bombers) wouldn't you rather admit to being a pig than be Irish?". Following complaints Junor was censured by the Press Council
Press Council
Press Council may refer to:* Danish Press Council, a Danish independent public tribunal press council under the Ministry of Justice* International Press Telecommunications Council, a consortium of the world's major news agencies and news industry vendors...

 in May 1985.

On 24 January 1957, Junor was called to the Bar of the House of Commons to be reprimanded for contempt of Parliament - the last non-politician to be so called. The matter concerned an article about petrol allocation that appeared in the Sunday Express on 16 December 1956. Junor apologised:
He was also noted for recurrent catchphrases, two of them being "pass the sick-bag, Alice" and "I don't know, but I think we should be told". Junor frequently mentioned the small town of Auchtermuchty
Auchtermuchty is a town in Fife, Scotland, situated beside Pitlour Hill nine miles north of Glenrothes. Until 1975 it was a royal burgh, established under charter of King James V in 1517. There is evidence of human habitation in the area dating back over 2,000 years, and the Romans are known to...

 in Fife
Fife is a council area and former county of Scotland. It is situated between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth, with inland boundaries to Perth and Kinross and Clackmannanshire...


Born in Glasgow
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom. The city is situated on the River Clyde in the country's west central lowlands...

, he studied at Glasgow University
University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's four ancient universities. Located in Glasgow, the university was founded in 1451 and is presently one of seventeen British higher education institutions ranked amongst the top 100 of the...

 and had a wartime commission in the Fleet Air Arm
Fleet Air Arm
The Fleet Air Arm is the branch of the British Royal Navy responsible for the operation of naval aircraft. The Fleet Air Arm currently operates the AgustaWestland Merlin, Westland Sea King and Westland Lynx helicopters...

. At Glasgow University he became president of the University Liberal Club, and later stood unsuccessfully three times for Parliament for the Liberal Party
Liberal Party (UK)
The Liberal Party was one of the two major political parties of the United Kingdom during the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was a third party of negligible importance throughout the latter half of the 20th Century, before merging with the Social Democratic Party in 1988 to form the present day...

. He was knighted in 1980.

Junor married in 1942, and had two children. The journalist, Penny Junor
Penny Junor
Penny Junor is an English journalist and author.-Education:Junor was educated at the independent Benenden School in Kent and read History at St Andrew's University, but left in her second year to get married....

 is his daughter, and the journalist, Sam Leith
Sam Leith
Sam Leith is a British writer, journalist and columnist.After an education at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford, Leith worked at revived satirical magazine Punch, before moving to the Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph, where he served as literary editor until 2008...

, his grandson.
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