Leading Article: Celebrity countdown
Wednesday 15 September 1999
It's easy to blame Ronald Reagan, the first Hollywood President, for all this. But, in an age when so many people value style over content, it is little wonder that people are losing their respect for politicians. And it is not just a US phenomenon; look at the way the London mayoral race is descending into a game of celebrity countdown.
Politics cannot be a branch of show business - but, so far, only Warren Beatty seems to have recognised this. Help!
Arts & Ents blogs
- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 4 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show