The Week in Review: Home News
Saturday 26 September 1992
David Mellor QC found himself with his head well below the water table by the end of the week. His resignation on Thursday was the final act in an extended political soap opera. It began two months ago with a Sunday newspaper article about the Secretary of State for National Heritage and an actress, Antonia de Sancha. The minister's unusual support for the arts was followed by allegations of unusual support for free holidays in Spain and Abu Dhabi, free luxury flats, and free luxury cars.
Mr Carman's graphic description came during the Mona Bauwens libel trial, which ended in deadlock on Tuesday. Mr Carman was defending the People newspaper, which was accused of being nasty to Mrs Bauwens, a Palestinian, by implying she was a supporter of the PLO and thus a 'social leper'. By the end of the trial, Mr Mellor may have felt he was the social leper.
John Major found himself in a Euro-ostrich position, with his head firmly underground. With a falling pound, rising unemployment and disintegrating policies over Europe, the Government came under extreme pressure. There were two bits of good news for the Government as Parliament was recalled on Thursday. One was that Norman Lamont had saved his job by cutting interest rates. The other was the discovery that half the population did not have the faintest idea what it was all about.
It was a week for schadenfreude which, as every schoolboy in the new Europe knows, means taking delight in the discomfort of others.
The injunction 'Don't mention the war]' went out of the window as the inquest continued into the sterling crisis. The Germans were widely held responsible.
So there was no widespread lamentation when, Erich Kraft and Jochen Mass, two Germans taking part in a balloon race, ran out of fuel and ditched in the Atlantic 700 miles from Nova Scotia.
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
- 1 World Cup 2014: 20 things we learned in Brazil
- 2 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 3 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Ian Thorpe gay: Olympic swimmer comes out in Parkinson interview
Pamplona bull run: Man who contributed to a survival guide for the festival falls foul of the raging beasts
Israel-Gaza conflict: William Hague calls for ceasefire but says Israel 'has the right to defend itself'
Supermoon 2014: When and why will the moon look bigger and brighter this summer?
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
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