New Statesman (1996)

Articles from Vol. 127, No. 4384, May 8

A Hole at the Heart of the Third Way
Tony Blair hosted a seminar this week on the Third Way. Charles Leadbeater, a participant, sets out an approach to economic policy It is easy to mock the Third Way as the .ideological equivalent of a societywide group hug. Yet for all its vagueness...
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Art: Young Americans
The ratio of four painters to one sculptor at the Saatchi Gallery might be a vote for the current state of American painting, except that the painters seem uncomfortable with two dimensions and keep trying to turn them into three, while the lone sculptor,...
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A Year of Starts and Seeds and Shoots
Friday One year! Can it really be? One whole year since The Master declared that a new dawn had broken and we partied on the South Bank. Nearly a year since Lorelei (our indefatigable and argumentative Latvian au pair) took the call from No 10 that propelled...
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Brilliant, Ahead of His Time, but Loathed
Londoners can vote on whether they want a mayor, but probably not on whether the post should be filled by Ken Livingstone. John Lloyd reassesses the achievements of the GLC and its last and best-remembered leader Ken Livingstone would be the ideal mayor...
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Cleaning Up the Cleaners: We Need Stricter Eco-Labelling on Detergents to Curb Water Pollution
It has started. The first fair days of spring .have brought a rash of reports about the pollution of our coastal waters. Last week the media was trotting out Greenpeace spokesmen, PRs from water authorities, odd bods from the Environment Agency, good...
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Dawson's Creek
No sex please, we're American The establishing shot is of the kind of wood-fronted New England house that movie poltergeists and axe murderers frequent. Yet inside the teenagers are not watching Friday the 13th but ET. We must not be lulled: this is...
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Graphics: Living Dolls
If Humphrey Bogart ever called some broad a real doll, you could be pretty sure it was a compliment. But times change. It's a real doll that has got the band Pulp in trouble over its latest album. The cover of This is Hardcore shows a naked woman draped,...
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How the GLC Failed London's Blacks
I sat for a couple of years, not long before the GLC's abolition, on one of its committees. Its function was to oversee the "ethnic arts" in London, which seemed to mean disbursing various sums to projects loosely concerned with the arts. It was a curious,...
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If It's True That Men Only Prefer Watching Football to Having Sex Because Football Takes Longer, Then the Answer Lies in Their Own Hands
When it comes to football, what you need - in the sage opinion of the Daily Telegraph leader column - is Viagra. I tend to agree. Tall, skinny guy, left (or is it right?) centre midfielder who, in my informed view, certainly played his part in Arsenal's...
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Interview: Peter Wayne
Prison has worked for the intelligentsia's favourite con. But what about freedom? Some aspects of freedom failed to charm Prisoner AT 9189; notably dinner at Sir Terence Conran's Bluebird Cafe, which he, accustomed to jailhouse cabbage, found unpalatable....
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It Looks as If the Unions Will Lose the Battle They Most Wanted to Win. Unfortunately, They Are Drawing the Wrong Conclusions
One of the reasons for the government's enduring popularity is its knack of appearing above the fray. The minimum wage? Yes, we believe in it in principle, but it is for the employers and trade unionists to agree on a level. The taxing of child benefit?...
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It's Easy to Be Rubbed Up the Wrong Way If You Were Brought Up Catholic. but Not If You're Jewish
I've had quite enough debates about the essential differences between Catholic and Jewish psychology to last me a lifetime, but for reasons which will become clearer when I turn to my recent afternoon in Edinburgh, I still have to mention the correlation...
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London Follows but May Lead
Londoners, voting as we go to press, are likely to endorse the creation of a mayor and an assembly for the capital. The prize they will have gained by doing so will be a highly conditional one, surrounded by "ifs". In the resolution of these "ifS" lies...
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London's Rainbow Coalition
So far most media attention for the London mayor. al race has focused on the battle between celebrity candidates. More significant in the long term may be the emergence, through the proportional votes for mayor and assembly, of voter groups organised...
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New Asylum-Seekers and Refugees Are Too Often Met by Brutality and Exploitation. A Few Find Their Way to Places Where There Is Understanding
I was startled to hear during one of the London mayoral debates that in Brixton 173 languages are spoken. My first reaction was to feel completely inadequate. English is my main tongue, supplemented by sixth-form Castilian and manageable spoken French....
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Paris Has Given Peter Brook the Freedom to Search for "Something Else." His New Play Is Just That
Peter Brook has made many big leaps in his life: from Covent Garden opera to West End musicals; from main-stage RSC Shakespeare to a tiny experimental group unpacking the legacy of a damned French genius called Antonin Artaud; from the political cavalcade...
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Police Words without Meaning
A definition of racist crime has left detectives on the Lawrence case exposed Detective Constable Martin Hughes is in the witness box at the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, facing questions from Michael Mansfield QC, counsel for Stephen's family. The matter...
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Rebuilding the Euro's Credibility: Urgent Action Is Needed If the European Central Bank Is to Succeed
Urgent action is needed if the European Central Bank is to succeed "Neither the European Central Bank, nor a national central bank, nor any member of their decisionmaking bodies shall seek or take instructions from Community institutions or bodies,...
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The American Road to Fascism
The left must break out of the academy and engage with real life, says Richard Rorty. Otherwise disaster looms for us all The reformist American left of the first two-thirds of the century accomplished a lot. But most of the direct beneficiaries were...
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The Lads Most Likely
Alan Milburn and Stephen Byers are widely tipped for promotion in the reshuffle. Both have the skills to do well in cabinet, but how about the vision? When MPs gossip about who might be promoted to the cabinet in Tony Blair's first reshuffle, two names...
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There's Nothing Less Appetising Than a TV Dinner Show
The phone has been ringing with requests from the media. A chap at the Sunday Times was toying with the idea of picking up on a story that the classic American cookbook The Joy of Cooking was full of bad advice. Producers from BBC Television developing...
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The UN Will Work If We Let It
Don't be distracted by talk of global government. The original UN charter provides the basis for a reformed and thriving organisation The United Nations is not, and does not aspire to be, an embryo world government. It is an organisation of governments,...
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Winchester Is a Town Divided: On One Side All Is Discreet Gentility; on the Other Twyford Down
At Twyford Down the M3 cuts through the hillside outside Winchester as brutally as a knife through crumbly cheese. It remains one of the ugliest scars any motorway has left on the English landscape. Even after it has had time to settle down a bit, it...
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