Issue 101, June 1997
Have we got news for them
Contrary to the excited reports carried in several national newspapers and on BBC television, LM magazine did not support any candidates in the general election. We did, however, support two propositions which will be proved true sooner rather than later.
1. The worst pinstriped politician is better than the best white-suited journalist. Whatever their sins or self-interests, politicians selected by a party to stand for a set of policies are at least accountable to the electorate. That is democracy. By contrast, self-righteous journalists selected by the Guardian editor to stand for nothing except 'good' against 'evil' are accountable to nobody, with the possible exception of God. That is elitism.
2. However bad the Tories were, New Labour is going to be worse: more authoritarian, more dangerous, more dull.
Neither of these propositions, however, meant that we supported Neil Hamilton or anybody else at the polls on 1 May. Now, if the bright and bolshy Mrs Christine Hamilton had been standing...
4 Mick Hume
8 NEW LABOUR - NOT JUST THE NEW TORIES Mike Fitzpatrick
11 OPINION: Ann Bradley
12 What the new women MPs want Sally Millard
14 'Consensus' by coercion in Northern Ireland Brendan O'Neill
16 WHO MADE FREEDOM A DIRTY WORD? James Heartfield
19 Safe walking on campus Jennie Bristow
20 LM V ITN: THERE ARE CAMPS, AND THERE ARE CONCENTRATION CAMPS Mick Hume, Helen Searls
23 The Next Step conference
27 SECOND OPINION Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
28 TABOOS: the truth about testing your testicles David Nolan
31 HUTU REFUGEES: BLOOD ON WHOSE HANDS? Bernadette Gibson
34 FUTURES: Do deer suffer like us? Helene Guldberg
37 The deer hunter Kevin Young
Monkey art; Talvin Singh; TV cooks
43 READING BETWEEN THE LINES
The decline of the West revisited