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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 notorious 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 in May 1985.

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 Auchtermuchtymarker in Fifemarker.Julian Critchley Obituary: Sir John Junor, The Independent, 5 May 1997

Born in Glasgowmarker, he studied at Glasgow Universitymarker and had a wartime commission in the Fleet Air Arm. At Glasgow University he became president of the University Liberal Club, and later stood unsuccessfully three times for Parliament for the Liberal Party. He was knighted in 1980.

Junor married in 1942, and had two children. The journalist, Penny Junor is his daughter, and the literary journalist, Sam Leith, his grandson.


  • The Best of JJ (1981)
  • Listening for a midnight train: memoirs (1990)


  • Penny Junor (2002): Home Truths: Life Around My Father, ISBN 0007102135


  1. Editor 1954-1986.[1], [2]
  2. Peregrine Worsthorne "Sympathy for the devil", New Statesman, 12 August 2002
  3. John Donald Brown Junor (1919 - 1997), Find A Grave Memorial

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