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  • 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 […]
  • March 25, 2004

    Terrorism Threat

    I have rarely been as politically disappointed as I was in mid-March when we Londoners were informed by London’s Mayor and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner that loss of life in our home city was ‘inevitable’ from an imminent terrorist attack in the Capital. The strategy of waiting for the ‘inev…
  • March 21, 2004

    London Faces A Competitive Future

    London is a world city. Make no mistake, if its economy fails, the UK economy will fail. There is also no doubt that London as a financial centre faces intense competition from a range of other cities around the world, and not just from the United States and from within Europe. Indeed my medium-te…
  • March 12, 2004

    Fair Trade

    Christian Aid has been a tremendous force for wellbeing in Africa and many other parts of the world. With the current enthusiasm for Fair Trade one of the aspects that is often overlooked is how much is owed historically to Christian Aid. At the same time that the Fair Trade community strives to de…
  • March 7, 2004

    Mayfair Times Diary – February

    For me February was dominated by the Housing Bill. As the Opposition Whip on this legislation my role is to negotiate, with my opposite number on the Government side, the passage of the Bill. The Standing Committee involves a line-by-line examination of the draft bill, preparing amendments often wit…
  • February 26, 2004

    Europe’s Economy

    Britain continues to move away from the notion of European integration The reports coming out of the World Economic Forum in the swish Swiss ski resort of Davos this year once again showed how this nation is becoming ever less financially and politically aligned with Europe. The euro continues to…
  • February 15, 2004

    Parliamentary Communications

    Although I do not celebrate my fortieth birthday until later this year I am still old enough to remember office life before the age of the computer. Indeed it is a source of some amusement to people only a few years younger than me when I reminisce about my first office job. Between school and […]
  • February 7, 2004

    Mayfair Times Diary – January

    Week beginning 5 January: My political year starts on Friday 2 January with a meeting with the officers of the Strand, Aldwych and Trafalgar Square Association over lunch in the very congenial surroundings of Simpsons. The House of Commons returns after Christmas recess on Monday 5 January and immed…