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  • July 2, 2004

    Reporting Crime

    There has been much debate about crime and disorder figures in London recently. Reporting of offences is itself fraught with such difficulty that crime figures are almost certainly underestimated. There have been comments from some senior members of the police force here in London that over-emphas…
  • June 16, 2004

    Putting The Heart Back Into Politics

    Prevention is better than cure, or so doctors always say. I must confess that although I am not an expert on the politics of healthcare, equally it would be remiss of me, given the importance attached to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, St Mary’s Paddington as well as Harley Street and Wimpole Street (all…
  • June 1, 2004

    Being Let Down By Our Mail

    As many of my constituents appreciate my choice is to correspond by letter. I prefer local residents to write to me with their problems because it allows relevant other documents to be attached and also means that we can keep a proper file for all cases. I am therefore a heavy user of the Royal […]
  • May 24, 2004

    London’s Housing Concerns

    Residents of Bayswater recognise that they are a stone’s throw from some areas of low cost public housing. It is true for all of us in central London but with the continued growth in house costs across London there is much debate about how “key workers” can be retained locally in the capital. Disa…
  • May 22, 2004

    Immigration

    I believe that issues of immigration and racism are quite, quite different. Racism is an ugly word for an ugly state of mind. It encompasses all manner of unacceptable beliefs, practices, judgments and images; intolerance, prejudice, discrimination, street riots and hooded bigots. Immigration is the…
  • May 17, 2004

    A Busman’s Holiday In South Africa

    Over Easter my wife, Michèle, and I spent eleven days on a family holiday in South Africa. As luck would have it ? and I was not entirely able to convince Michèle that this was pure chance ? our stay coincided with the South African general election. On Election Day we were in a beautiful […]
  • May 2, 2004

    Race Relations

    I suppose I have two public figures to thank for inspiring me to put pen to paper for this column. Incongruously, that duo is Trevor Phillips, the Chairman for the Commission for Racial Equality and the former football manager and TV pundit Ron Atkinson. Thanks are due to both of these gentlemen fo…
  • April 21, 2004

    English Football At The Crossroads

    Football remains England’s national sport. As the 2003-4 season closes for the Premiership there can be little doubt, if television viewing figures are to be believed, that the English public’s enthusiasm for football is at an all-time high. At football games today supporters come from all strata o…
  • April 14, 2004

    Binge Drinking

    The explosion of alcohol-fuelled violence as a result of binge drinking on our streets has been one of the nastier developments in urban life during the last twenty years. In March we saw the government proposing a series of voluntary measures to deal with alcohol-related crime and health problems….
  • April 7, 2004

    Mayfair Times Diary – March

    The month of March saw me being asked by Michael Howard to concentrate on my role as Shadow Minister for London in the period leading up to the June 10 elections. I relinquished my role in the Opposition Whips office with some sorrow as I had thoroughly enjoyed the last nine months as a Whip […]