Magazine article The Spectator

For Nation or Party

Magazine article The Spectator

For Nation or Party

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Public spiritedness is awfully quaint these days. On Tuesday, reporters were mystified by the news that the late Ms Joan L.B. Edwards Edwards, a woman with no known interest in politics, had left £519, 000 to 'whoever was the party of government of the day'.

In a time when everybody is either apathetic about politics or partisan, the thought that an old lady might want to support the governing party of the day seems crazy to modern commentators. The next day, a newspaper claimed that Ms Edwards's will had in fact asked that her estate be given to the 'government of the day' and that coalition politicians had 'pocketed' the funds. Others said that her solicitors must have made a mistake.

As The Spectator went to press, the row over Ms Edwards's money was still raging. …

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