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A toast to champagne socialists

Working class people are not embarrassed by having too much money; not having enough embarrasses them

Signs of the valuable peasants beginning to revolt

THE REVERBERATIONS of the Peter Mandelson affair dominated every nook and cranny of Parliament as MPs had their first opportunity to chew the fat since the Christmas recess.

Letter: The real story is that I fought to see Concorde fly

JULIAN KOSSOFF's report "Tony Benn tried to kill Concorde" (3 January) quoting one cabinet paper of mine was, I am afraid, based upon a serious misunderstanding of those cabinet papers just released and what actually happened.

Tony Benn tried to kill Concorde

HAROLD WILSON'S Labour government desperately tried to back out of the deal with France to build Concorde, the world's first and only supersonic airliner, formerly secret cabinet papers have revealed.

Iraq Bombings: The Sketch - PM shows the strain in face of resounding support

MOST PEOPLE, if required to read out a 25 minute speech in front of a large and potentially sceptical crowd, wouldn't put money on their ability to make it from start to finish without a single slip of the tongue. But Tony Blair could make such a bet with fair confidence that he wouldn't lose very often. It is one of the Prime Minister's less salient talents that he hardly ever makes a fluff when he reads a statement to the House, even when he departs from the fairway of his script into the rough of scribbled addenda.

FO tried to hire Benn as propagandist

A SECRET-SERVICE unit in the Foreign Office tried to recruit Tony Benn, the left-wing MP, and offered him a generous salary to write anti-Communist articles for the media. He turned it down on his father's advice.

Tories In Turmoil: Benn hits at Blair's tactics on Lords

TONY BLAIR came under fire from some Labour MPs last night over the surprise U-turn in which he agreed to reprieve 91 hereditary peers.

Letter: Tatchell the martyr

Sir: Since Tony Benn is defending the right of Peter Tatchell to interrupt the Archbishop during a sermon at Canterbury Cathedral, may we now assume that this defender of Parliament will uphold Mr Tatchell's right to push the Prime Minister aside at the Despatch Box in the House of Commons - unless, of course, the Serjeant at Arms stops him first. Is this what is meant by freedom of speech?

Do not adjust your set

You switch channels when they appear on television, but a new video of party political broadcasts may be a bestseller at Christmas. Honest. By Tom Sutcliffe

Collecting: A few of my favourite things

Old drinks cans, toy owls, salt-and-pepper pots; in our disposable age, no collection is too ludicrous to consider. And now the hoarders have been validated with a museum devoted to their pursuit. Hester Lacey visited

The Sketch: Lords game of ping-pong sets the moths a-flutter

RARELY DOES the House of Lords quicken the pulse, but in the narrow passageway that leads into the press gallery, in which journalists wait while prayers are conducted, there was a moth's flutter of excitable cliches yesterday. "Scorched earth," whispered one voice; "Uncharted waters" hissed another. I wondered for a moment whether this was my first encounter with rumour buzzing through the corridors of power, but the pinched aperture in question hardly qualifies for such a grand description and the most powerful person present was probably the clerk. Still, the bathos of the shortfall could be taken as appropriate because this whisper of anticipation had been provoked by the prospect of yet another debate on the European Parliamentary Elections Bill, a confrontation which is either Democracy's siege of the Alamo or the last silly indulgence of an indefensible anachronism, depending on your point of view.

Letter: Democratic Europe

Sir: Richard Graham (letter, 12 November) suggests that those who wish to break free from Brussels ignore the shortcomings of the British democratic system.

The Sketch: Lord Chancellor takes a 'retrograde step' forward

IN THE House of Lords they were debating the issue of Derry's trousers, after Earl Ferrers (no wig, and broad pinstripe suit) had urged his colleagues not to assent to the Lord Chancellor's shocking suggestion that he should be allowed to come to work in a suit.

Revealed: Labour `dirty tricks' to undermine the Lib Dems

THE LABOUR Party has secretly set up a special "dirty tricks" unit to combat the Liberal Democrats, despite the agreement signed by Tony Blair and Paddy Ashdown for closer co-operation between the two parties.

JENKINS REPORT: Straw vows to oppose vote reform

DEEP DIVISIONS over electoral reform within the Cabinet emerged yesterday when Jack Straw pledged his support for the present system, saying he would not "disguise" his views on the issue.
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