Aidan Burley, the Tory MP who bought a Nazi uniform for a friend to wear at a stag party, is presumably relieved by the conclusions of a report by Lord Gold, a Tory peer who was asked by the party to look into the affair. He concluded Mr Burley “is not a bad man, still less a racist or an anti-Semite” but he is stupid.
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Thursday 03 July 1997
Dour child of the manse, Casanova, party in-fighter ... John Rentoul searches for the real Gordon Brown
Wednesday 23 April 1997
Nine minutes past eight yesterday morning and in the Today programme studio Gordon Brown is worried. And he's not even there.
Friday 11 April 1997
At 8.17am yesterday, the Treasury minister Michael Jack was tackling tough questions on Radio Four's Today programme over his party's tax plans.
Sunday 06 April 1997
The City fears that Labour may be forced to raise company taxes in a move that could leave businesses and pension funds around pounds 12bn a year worse off and prompt a stock market sell-off.
Wednesday 12 March 1997
The knives were out for Gordon Brown's chief spin doctor last night after a series of negative briefings against other members of the Shadow Cabinet.
Monday 23 September 1996
The BBC and Tony Blair's office were embroiled in an argument yesterday over Labour claims that the corporation was a bloated, overstaffed "Auntie's army".
Sunday 07 July 1996
Bonjour! Wilkommen! It has been brought to the Captain's attention that, according to a survey conducted by that estimable body, The Brewers' and Licensed Retailers' Association, many foreign visitors have trouble with the "subtle social rules" that govern correct behaviour in our pubs. This is an area where, happily, I have considerable expertise. Just follow the Captain's instructions and you cannot go wrong. 1) Getting served. This is not a formality. It is a fierce contest with the other customers. Remember, too, that bar staff are trained not to catch your eye, so waving money or smiling is absolutely no use. Subtlety is required. My opening gambit, developed over many years, has yet to fail me: "What ho, Landlord! A pint of cooking for me, please, and whatever you and your charming daughter are having! What? She's your wife? I don't believe it!" 2) Conversation. The saloon is not the salon. Never look at the other person. Stare into your drink or at the middle distance. If addressed, you need only two responses: a) "You're not wrong there" b) "Myself, I blame the Government". As a general rule, you should avoid initiating conversation, but if you must, I have always found this a safe and suitable opener: "Warm enough for you?" 3) Miscellaneous tips: be very wary of men in cravats, men with road maps sticking out of their pockets, women sitting with their legs crossed on bar stools with drinks with cherries in, and pickled eggs.
Sunday 15 October 1995
Paul Routledge lays bare the dark arts of political news manipulation
Motor Racing: Slim pickings in truck paradise: Rob Steen reports from Brands Hatch on the British Truck Grand Prix qualifiers
Monday 04 April 1994
JUDGING by the plethora of stetsons and CB radio types milling around, you half expected to bump into Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette at Brands Hatch yesterday. Officially, the reason for the gathering was the qualifying rounds for the British Truck Grand Prix. The atmosphere, though, was more redolent of a Country 'n' Western festival, Americana incarnate. A gleaming red Peterbilt truck - complete with obligatory Dixie flag - was the main focus of attention on the concourse. The Grand Marshall, moreover, was none other than that C W McCall of Coronation Street, John St Ryan, aka Bet Gilroy's boyfriend Charlie Whelan. It seemed only right and proper that one of the races should have been won by a chap named Slim.
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