SUE TOWNSEND is hoping for a crisis in the government, the better to propel the plot of The Cappuccino Years: the latest instalment of the diaries of A Mole, due in October. Now 30, and a Soho celebrity chef, he has voted for the object of his teenage affections, Dr Pandora Braithwaite, one of Blair's Babes. Mole is not uncritical. "I need Tony to come out as a proper Thatcherite," says Townsend, an Old Labour supporter who's always put her money where her mouth is.
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