LONDON A Londoner believed to be the world’s oldest newspaper columnist has died at the age of 101. Rose Hacker, who wrote a column every fortnight for the Camden New Journal, died after a short illness. A former author, Mrs Hacker had her first column published in September 2006 – when she was 100.
Her first column – about nuclear disarmament – led to her being offered a fortnightly column. Messages of support have poured in from readers. One thanked her for “speaking so much sense through all the noise”. Born in east London in 1906, Mrs Hacker first trained as a clothes designer and became a radical socialist in the 1930s.-SANA