This England

An accountant was arrested at the May Day anti-capitalist protests in London. Nigel Lovell pleaded not guilty before Bow Street magistrates to failing to remove a scarf from his face when police told him to do so.
He said: "It's ridiculous. I was going to a fancy dress party dressed as General Custer and was on Bond Street on my way to Hamley's to buy a toy gun." - Guardian (Imogen Forster)

The Joseph Weld charity shop in Sherborne was also broken into, but nothing was stolen. Ros Hole, the shop manager, said: "It is an insult to all the people who give us things." - Western Gazette (Sigrid Rabiger)

I hope that it won't be long until we have not only black and Asian members of the Cabinet, but a black or Asian Conservative Prime Minister, too. - William Hague in the Independent (Harvey Cole)

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This article first appeared in the 21 May 2001 issue of the New Statesman, A spin too far