Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bushy Tales

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bushy Tales

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Byline: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE

Hillary's flirty brother While Hillary Clinton has been over here promoting her uninspiring memoirs, her brother Hugh Rodham has been backing a rather more lively product which has launched on the UK market. Hugh has invested in SmartFlirts, a new website for lovelorn British singles.

'SmartFlirts brings you a completely interactive experience, offering you a safe, high-quality environment where singles click and connect on the internet and wirelessly,' says the site, whatever any of that might mean.

'Enjoy our fun and exciting tools, such as Chat, Messenger, and Text Messaging, providing you with an instant link to potential matches and maintain complete anonymity for as long as you wish,' continues the cyberbabbling. If only Hugh's brother-in-law Bill had confined himself to anonymous internet flirting what a lot of trouble would have been saved.

Laura's liberal views

A blow to the fledgling Tory revival. Laura Patten, daughter of Chris Patten, the former Tory Chairman, ex-Hong Kong Governor and current Oxford University Chancellor, has become a Lib Dem. 'I have joined them and am quite interested in becoming a Lib Dem MP,' she told me at The Ritz Summer Party.

'My father doesn't mind. We have the same views on Europe.' Laura's views on holiday destinations are even more startling. 'Given all the problems with SARS and terrorism, I think Wales is the best idea,' she says. 'The sea air is very good in Aberystwyth. In this weather it's as warm as the Seychelles, they speak Welsh and throw eggs at the Queen. What more could you want?'

Glenda's not shy and retiring Bad news for Tony Blair. Glenda Jackson may be calling for his resignation but she has no intention of standing down herself - she wants to stay on as MP for Hampstead and Highgate after the next election. This would mean the Oscar-winning actress, now aged 67, would be in her mid-seventies by the time she stepped down as a parliamentarian. …

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