Crossbow - the magazine of the Bow Group

Recent months have seen intense debate on the rights and wrongs of military action against Iraq, as well as the use of intelligence in coming to the decision to engage in conflict and the aftermath of that conflict. In an age when political apathy is seen as widespread the strength of feelings on both sides of the argument, genuinely held and deserving of respect, has served to show that the electorate, rightly, is still very much engaged with the important issues.Download the magazine to read Michael Ancram's full article...
Is the Conservative Party in favour of Foundation Hospitals or not? In the Commons, the Conservatives voted against the Health Bill at Second and Third Reading. The Government came closer to losing the Bill than any previous piece of Government legislation since 1997. A similar coalition in the Lords could block the Bill. So: should the Conservatives block it?Download the magazine to read Andrew Lansley's article...
‘Blair does a Maggie’, screamed newspaper headlines as the fire-fighters dispute raged last month. As if to underline this, one newspaper cartoonist depicted Tony Blair looking at the alarm behind his Downing Street desk. ‘In case of fire: break glass’. Behind the glass was a handbag. On many occasions I have often listened to the Prime Minister, at press or party conferences and marvelled that the only thing missing was a wig and a handbag.Read Michael Brown's (The Independent) full article by downloading this issue...
No opposition party in recent British history has overturned a majority of 179 at a single blow to gain a mandate of its own. The 2001 general election campaign was in many ways uninteresting both to the pundits and to the punters: policy differences were not ideological and the overall winner was not in doubt.Download the magazine to read Roger Bird's article in full...
It was, of course, thirty years ago, which is time enough to rose-tint the most objective of glasses. And I am only too well aware that "the old gray mare she ain’t what she used to be" is a condition as common in 60 yearolds as it is irritating to their 30-year old successors.Read Sir Christopher Bland's memories of the Bow Group by downloading this edition of the magazine...

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