No sense of direction

In Jackie Ashley's interview on 20 November, Lord Falconer was reportedly rejected as a candidate for Dudley East "because he sends his four children to private schools". Perhaps the real reason was that he didn't know the name of the constituency. In fact, he applied to stand for Dudley North.

Malcolm Thirlby
Dudley, West Midlands

This article first appeared in the 04 December 2000 issue of the New Statesman, Goodbye to the dirty mac image