Ashcroft's prayer circle

Erik Empson erikempson at
Fri May 18 09:21:38 PDT 2001

As British as the Women's Institute!

...Government's panic at trying to gain political credibility following a series of very public 'own goals', culminating in Prime Minister Tony Blair's 'handbagging' when he addressed the Womens Institute's annual meeting, during which he as heckled and slow hand-clapped.


The accompanying article reports that "Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, was slow-handclapped by police officers." Is this a very British way of expressing disapproval?


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