Catch that phrase

30th June 2000 at 01:00
KEEPING Tory minders on the edge of their seats, meanwhile, was their education under-spokesman James Clappison, who approached the end of his speech without once dropping his party's new catchphrase, "common sense".

Then he squeezed it in five times in 30 seconds. Perhaps he's vying for promotion. Rune-readers see futher evidence that little William Hague will need a new shadow education secretary soon in Theresa May's article in the latest edition of House magazine, Westminster's in-house journal.

She filled an entire page on Oxbridge without mentioning common sense once, in what is surely an act of political suicide.

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