Golden Sheena

28th September 2001 at 01:00
The diary is deeply worried about He-who-once-had-to-be-obeyed, Chris Woodhead. His trickle of journalism in the Telegraph has slowed to a drip, his contract with PR firm Bell Pottinger has been terminated and sightings at Eton - where teachers were "quaking" over rumours he might be their next head - have been scarce. Then, last Wednesday, the Institute of Directors announced the cancellation of a seminar on education standards at which he had been due to appear.

Then somebody pointed to a reason for his withdrawal from the public eye: Chris's appearance on Radio 4's A Good Read with newsreader Sheena MacDonald earlier this month.

Everything was going hunky-dory until Chris nominated his favourite book, John Cooper Powys's Wolf Solent, a tale about a spiky, isolated individualist. Ms MacDonald had the temerity to call the work "romantic" and, worse, "sentimental". Is the ex chief inspector in a sulk?

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