Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

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Afrodisiac

Diane Abbott likened her rejection of earlier pro-terror sympathies to losing her afro hairstyle. To African-Americans in the 1960s, the afro was a rejection of black attempts to ape white styles. Yet 100 years earlier it was seen as an epitome of white beauty. In 1864, a P. T. Barnum show in New York, featured a 'Circassian beauty', said to be from the Northern Caucasus. A German physiologist had cited these Black Sea people as the 'purest example' of the white race. The woman had a huge ball of moss-like hair. Some say the style came from Circassian women captured as sex slaves for Turkish harems -- their hair was shampooed in beer to appear African.

Lucky dip

The Conservative poll lead fell to just 5 per cent. Toris can take heart from ICM polls leading up to Tony Blair's 1997 landslide:

Lab %
2 March48
31 March46
7 April46
14 April45
21 April42
30 April43
Result (1 May)44.4

Source: ICM/Guardian

Con %
2 March30
31 March32
7 April34
14 April31
21 April37
30 April33
Result (1 May)31.4

Source: ICM/Guardian

Terror by numbers

Temporary exclusion orders, which can stop British citizens re-entering the country, have been used just once. …

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