Alan Ramsey
Alan Ramsey (Image: Australian media Hall of Fame)

To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.

Voltaire

Damien Murphy's obituary for veteran journalist Alan Ramsey, famous for his weekly newspaper column -- a must-read for many years -- and his fearsome temper, is strikingly raw in places, especially given it ran in The Sydney Morning Herald, the paper that employed him for such a long time: