This England

I would remind all those opposed to the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles that there are at least three things that can be said in her favour.
First, she is a superb horsewoman.
Second, she rides regularly to hounds.
Third, she does not - thank God - come from the British working class.
What else do people of this country require of their future Queen? - Letter in the Sunday Express (Fay Fullerton)

This cycling fashion looks like a smokescreen for personal failure in not being able to earn enough to pay for public transport.
The last thing we need is more of these things zipping over pavements and pedestrian crossings without hindrance of conscience, let alone effective brakes, which for a century have eluded bicycle designers. - Letter in London Metro (Imogen Forster)

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This article first appeared in the 13 August 2001 issue of the New Statesman, The diva of Downing Street