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12 THE INDEPENDENT Saturday SI Much 1990 THE INDEPENDENT 40 CtTY ROAD, LONDON EC1Y gOB (Isssphone 01-853-1222; general fan 0KSS-M36) PROFILE: Glenda Jackson, aspiring politician Ties of Anglo-Gennan fiiendship MANY, perhaps most, Britons would nther be ttnnded on deceit island with a Gennan their with a Frenchman. Despite enmity fa two world wan, the British and Gennani believe they have certain virtues in common, tike opendabdlty,itTiigttforwirJne, pragmatism and a businesslike approach to life. The Flench and British tend to , other tioiilar vices, like arrogance, selfishness and duDBCtty; and most Britons cannot understand toe French addiction to abstract argument. All such generalisations are tendeti-tious and gratuitous. Yet stereotypes are built on a kernel of truth; and nothing could be Bore relevant to Britain's role in the world than the underlying realities of AngJo-Ger- Despite any contrary impression which Margaret Thatcher may periodically give, there is great goodwill towards the Federal Republic in this country. At the senior level it has been strengthened by the consistently high quality of apkmats in each capital, and by a network of organisations to promote mutual understanding The most remarkable of these is the annual Konigtwiiiter conference, the 40th of whose meetinptlie Prime Minister and Chancellor Helmut Kohl ad-dreased on Thursday. History k about to give the legacy of such encounters added value, for Britain's relations with a united Germany are overtaking the special relationship with the United States as the single most Important dement in British foreign policy. With the diminution, however temporary, of the Soviet threat and the iteration of Eastern Europe from communism, the United States' significance as the guarantor of freedom in Western Europe has waned. The superpower roles of the United States and the Soviet Union were mutually dependent Reduce the Soviet threat, and America's power shrinks. The United States remains an essential counter-balance to the sneer bulk and military might of the Soviet Union. And for Britain, relations with America remain special, for many cultural and historical reasons. But m the new Europe, a united Germany will be much the strongest power. Even before unification, Chancellor Kohl and his foreign minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, have visibly been at the behn of history, with Mrs Thatcher sucked along in their wake, arms period ically waving in protest Her meetings of the last two days with Chancellor Kohl suggest DwsheMCt4iuungtoappieciatetheiiiipor-tanoe of climbing aboard. There must be some sympathy for her difS-culties in making a friend of the Chancellor. The British find it easier to communi with northern, Pfotestant Germans like Willy and Helmut Schmidt than with Ro man Catholic southerners like Konrad Adenauer, Kurt-Georg Kiesinger and Dr Kohl Even at home, Dr Kohl inspires little affection. But apart from his damaging evasha-ness over the Polish border and a tendency to spring surprises on allies and friends, he has handled the issue of unification with as ance and political skilL Now that the East European elections have produced the result tor which he worked so hard, he Is once again emphasising his desire to embed a united Germany in a more dosehr unified European Community. That it Indeed the logical way of allaying the fears which the economic and political weight of a Germany of 77 minion people arouse in many countries. Mrs Thatcher seem to share those fears. Yet she jibs at the best antidote - a more tightly knit EC - and seeks refuge in visions of wider, but looser, European co-operation. For her and other visceral defenders of national sovereignty, time has run out The historical pressures towards monetary, economic and political union are mounting inexorably. The momentum towards membership of the Exchange Rate Machamsm grows daily stronger, forcing even Mrs Thatcher to admit yesterday that progreai is being made towards fulfilment of her conditions for joining. The Germans and French should be aware that her views are not representative. Never has opinion in this country been so broadly pro-European. There is a strong sense that she alone is holding Britain back from at last finding its true role in the EC Even if she stays in power, she will have to be more flexible; and the will have to improve her standing with the Germans, while continuing to cultivate good relations with France, with whose interests Britain's will often converge. Poor Anglo-German relations are increasingly damaging to the national interest, and there is no longer (pace Norman Tebbit and other men of yesterday) any political dividend in anti-Europeanism. Quote Unquote I haw repeatedly Slid that I believe Mrs Thatcher will lead the COneervanve Party into the next etec-ticn and that the Conservative Party will win it - SesaM choice la rotten appiffs. as Slustespeaie used to say mmkm rets arnum VumXhmandHkhadHtvkim'im I want to uBctutter aw life aad live a peaceful existence - DrMammmlhtAnbiihaeofCaif- Anything I could sty chat would be of interest to you would be a nuisance to me - Dr leadc; nporttn nmo asRse about Jsnr Bssxaaeor The police are doing their lewd best not to kin r as dweeeaMg naaY Johonnawunj These are my clothes and res aping to cany on wearing them while I have them -Mel Castre on ha mHuary unifijrm We cannot allow that hundreds of thousands of people be treated for ever as secood-das citiseca - Csaster Mahssta, Tew Gamut UP, simiwgjbr an eawicny for fonnar afcrat poMoa wurkw In ncwspepeei desperate to protect their backs against pleasure from upper floors, it is often safer not to comment than to comment Devsi Washer, cotrupondM of Tht Tanat ', si Tht Ua-tmtrHt hat how eeeeemvahsse1 flout Tht Tavwr' Everybody! dayi are numbered. The question k what is the number? - Nidtasas suatey I'm going to tell you the honest truth, the President is never going to eat broccoli H attars Bomb, nanHi'isr fo bnccoH btduMty fSBveanKstfhee While you tit piaying with your merchant ships ia your bath, we get on with die business of redemising London's transport system Cecal fait I II Transport Stcravy, to hit Labour aaedow, John Avscoft, a fonnar enhat jafMevaf We ill know what vou play with - Mr Prcsesct I was the toughest audition of Heada Jackson career. Three mrailhs It lasted; intetvaTaws, ccca- aients to Drove sac was woid ucrfOct I die part. Many of rhe production team wen easiest her. They thought she was an appointee of the eaecBswe produper. and were worried that her star statue e steel nkk shew. Bin se wen them round, end, when she had trjuntphed, she said k was the proudest moment other Us, better than paddag up aa Oscar. Last Tuesimy, fflmfls. Fsi'itmi was etiBoialed Labour caaoidace far the Tory-held rianuwlrariaBdHlghisto Berth Loudon. She has been precede far the pert all her me. If yon were auridng a dim about poakks la the Nineties, looking to cae! a woman in the tea of a Labour Cabinet seseater, Oieada Jackson would be the flat name oa your sborUML You might not have the chance much longer, She says, without much sign of regret, that she wih abandon acting coaxp-eteiyifahe Is iweasful at rhe next election. Cynin aught suggest that is when the reel rote-lilaymgbegiaa. More seriously, cynics have qusstloued her credeatkei as a Labour nndktata, whamering lenns like oelebrity bandwagon hopceog" end "bourgeois Bolshevism", Glenda Jackson had her cre-desiissi beaded to her at birth. She was bom ia Birkenhead in 1936, one of Harry and Joan Jackson's four rtsiaditers. Her father was a bricklayer. She left West Khby Grammar School for Oris at 15 to work in the local Boots. Her aasbHon had always been to act, end after prepa-ration through school plays and amateur dramancs, she won a place at the Royal Arena my of Dramatig Alt After a "Wy -p-T-'fl-i1 fat repertory - playuuj at me Lyric and the Arts Theao aad m44b at the Mermaid -Jackson joined the Royal aoskespeere Company in 1963. The eoenpony was at the oentre ofagitprop theatre, and, al-leedy serious said critMakV satule, she fitted h 1 Ito Bnok, the selector, cast her in mkvatlSadt at the AUwjejh, an eeeecsesB jxeee in which she sang a number called "We want a revolu-tioa now". Her performance was so strong the Queue of esmetoesolfcifaighrr nfsuhcu netiwey fotted me aed choosing an on-the offcnsive electoral rsmpslgn-getting your candidate's name known. The Himpstead party tmiad lartmaia formidable petformer. Steve Taykx, the A left-wing chairman, who has smce r- ej ifned, wrote to her durisg the atkctioe a procedure, mmptainiiig that she was ua 3 MberceaAfuyttfvaaunfaisaoVae- 1 tageoiertheothenoatheBla)! treated Urn es she would an uppuy three- .a tor. "PuB the other eaeT, she weole hack) 4 -dont be nUy". Her speeches-are not performances, but they can Be t articulate, cohcrenti peaBkmete. ' for tbt party, their new 4 1 not oeen rsraafmnpy 3 I any of the atitz of theatrical star-, i dora. Cettmnb not rich, sen has a since the Sixties lived as Blactfceath, 1 south London, where she pa mm jaw the local hairdressers. She received ttiji 4 week Cor her attest role at the Almeida. I Those labourites who worry that style 0 has increasingly become,, ks gufcnag 1 ethos, will tuid nus hcaseaold aaaaaen I eeeBodlnient of the old asasan about 1 putting policies before pccesneMsBWe know only nuppm shout her private hwy, her BMittage to Roy Hodges waaeaV ' soted m 19K, and sieos the of long' relaticeatup with Andy PUUiMeweaWai spected stage-lighting man she has been J largalocMBwMdokncmacaa 1 beues. f She believes in Labour, has bees a i tbeaeeotloawuas 1 psum parts 1 West End. wermevearsc her roles, she has trees of chsieetsr In her most recent ejeturfvanee, in the Almeida Theatre's rxoductioa of Howard Barker! SomtjUom aw EmaHkm, critics were unanimous in their praise: she was "wonderfur, intiBaidathu", "very exciting". But she was being Glenda Jackson. Even when she played the light coesedy role for which she won an Oscar, in the film A Touch of Out, she was Glenda Jackson seeing if she could play light comedy. a rob) she has never played, owever, is the big star. She rfueed to cash in oa her suc-e In Hollywood. Aad those who work with her say she exhibits no per rim an res She h arms at rehearsal 00 timei she ioins the rest of the c for bach, but never stays behind; wards to drink (though she bans a Gainnrsi). This is aot because she li be-ina suiierior; in fact she IbVm to stress her orriinsrinrsi, chatting with the iliiasinai en. It h Because she k there to work. Colleagues who admire her and find her And now for the part of a lifetime r1 SpcomciaSy! wfae IwUnqs v JWI 3 KhiBflcfc."ifckidrBggedthf 1 ingiadscreamuMialorhararita ren tury," she said other new leader. Aed she befieves that the rashionahtr dinner pasty A cry "snmrthiiM meat be idoae" about t traesport, rhe boneless, the beakfa est- i vice.nnomoietluaaneeapcywtueee' -1 less you am prepared to put your effect ' where your mouth is. .) Despite her adhesion to the: new L- hour of Mr Kinr she wiU;aot peeve i pliable material for a Gotthfiaa anage CMngri Mmpty to ceeeige nss-p strikes me es ridiculous,' she: Guardian. Oa a recent Ows James chat i show she was sartoriaUy to the left of Slurley Williams. genual does 1 give a damn whet peopwthiaxberaBw ! gage her in friendship. Jackson ia aot en easy actress to direct Although her ideas are often perceptive, she is not stow to make theai known. She tikes eveiything to be done hi the open end kyethfs rebels. Hifliifs end blmpst iog (which could prove trustrating in a career in the Labour Party). It is aot unknown for her to tear directors off a strip m front of the rest of the esst rather then private. But critics believe she is at her best under strong direction. Her Cleopatra at Stratford m 1971 was, tor many, the finest they had ever seen. The director was Peter nVook, who knew how to get the best out of her. She had turned the role down nme end again over the veers, because after Jfeat&sob Brock had promised to direct her Cleopatra one day, even if it took 13 years. Her loyalty to aim is mirrored in her loaf-term relatnrafcm with others, such maenPuswu, who directed her to an early Oscar aa Gudrua in Woman in Lot. Last year ahe took the rote of Gudrun's mother mRiaaeU's version of V Rainbow. And she says aba onryeppeered In e tejeyariou coniiiniif atl for The Hanson Trust because k allowed her to link up again with George Segal, her co-star kA Touch of Cam (she do-Bated her fee to charity). Knowag that her bantaWUty wftl en- aa attractive habit of taking pens ia projects in which she beHewas taespry to see them off the ground. In Atofyiett, the fffaa satire about Watergate which posited the scandal in amianeiy.herpay-offwmthekucyrafcoflUchaidNbaxm a wuepie, the amrehsr Superior. Andnowhertaleataaretobeusediaa poUtical role. "My primary concern has been to get e Lebour govetnBmt in, even if k means becoming a Labour MP myself,'' she tx 7V&rfsy7h9 last year. After making her atnbkion known, she had seimral cxTeis from eoaeneaency sssocistinm i to apply for candidacy be- The Hsmpstrad Labour Party waf looking for e rsnrtidatii who could win the seat They wese lookmg for a woman because the current political habit is for women, particularty Labour women, to be winners. Jackson, paatiraiBM about the need to maiatain the dtyinfrastnic-ture and state stamlanh-paitkadarlyin the NHS end edeeation - beat three other women to the candidacy, all of whom were to her left. Although Hamp-steed and Hjgjhsete h home to aome of the capital 'i nenest eoaatkueBBS, its borders stretch towards KiDbum, taking in large council estates on which Labour can rety. Because Mehya Bragg lives there, much has been made in the Preai of the uem't "champagne socialists". But, in reality, the well-heeled wkh a con-science vote inclined to the SDP, particularly whenever the local council, Camden, was going through a loony phase. Jackson, a Kionockite, could pul them in. And her celebrity could help them conquer the major prneiem of mounting Her- lack of vanity is aot eoeae new,- affectation. Her nude sppsBBBjcat oa 1 screen have eenerally been aaaaaalesiBg.' i Her cavort around e railway cesrfsge m I Tht hhttSc ixftn piceopssd 4ltBBeeeaii4 Weugh to ccnaplain of her "MeeenntMs- i lis lufir HVIiiii mwiiniHsi iiipsstsiliBm tistiy to sort out her iumcedtsechA-i4 II Touch ofOam. she dechned. laatcadahe A : plastic cans for taatfiaav and, like Sean Cormeiy and his Wnsrtnsjt- 1 leturned them to wardrobe every eight Nobody notieed, and she woe an Ossar -1 - though she looked a sight whaorehe went to pick U up. Yet in this seoeeMi.-. Vomtt ausBBiawebB ia teaaupd IsjAesjtiehe cfcekbrity-portrsksrhTrtisemiwtsasee. doming retailer looking eye-caJcbjsMv--l ay inch the Fortda-styweewawtej. ,,..t Her enmrnamrnt to her eause is BOUaat-wvl Khaei Qsugt Jane rndt. tbehaScV.J denced by her future in M)litira.-,J7WJ American screen actors Micnael D las, Robert Redford end Ja were they to succeed in their publicised political araNtions, wrjubtal-.-: expect an office to suit their statkej ia life: faveroor, senator or cvas prvaideetH Jackson, who will be 56 when the east r election is called, has already made it,, plain that all she expects is a long so. 4 qiiaintamr. with the beck benches, ( And she appears to have ao illusions that her reputation will heap her win the i seat. "For every person who ass stem ay j wort and admired it, there may be three ; who dont like V she ssid at hat poet- success prem conference. For sccaaooe who has associated for anich of hence- i rear with Ken Rusirll. it awght be a dan- 4 gerouily cooservative estimate. Aa usual, we Ve peddling holiday witha difference. For the adventurous, a mountain bike holiday in Manitoba, Canada Is a must. This once-in a-lifetime journey takes you along wilderness trails where you can spot rare wildlife and witness breathtaking scenery For a five-day package, It costs as little as 807 pet G-rson. This Includes flight use of high-tech mountain ke, camping, and all meals. In bet, everything except your sleeping bag! Alaernauvdy, you can set off on a dufcrcnt track and go horecrtding In Manitoba Ridlr Mountain National Park. brperleqced guides can show you elk, moose, bear andhiaon as well as many varieties ofCanadai birdiife. All in their natural habitat. The holiday induces flight acaxntnodation, horses, cqiiprncnt and expert tuuim-for as little as 832. Frx more details of holidays In Canada ask your mvci agent for a nee 1990 Canadapass brochure. Or telephone Air Canada on 01-739 2636 from London, or O80O-18-1313 from anywhere else In rhe UK. Or simply fill In and mail the coupon below. mmhwmmmhw A BBATH OF FRHH AIB JAP AirCanada s Scotch mist and the Argonauts THE 1990 Macallan Argo Grvtd FkLi, which iCaUts from the West Hajhland port of Mal-aue at nine ojciock tomorrow moiing, pramisBS to be the mHf tifftsffuler rerf of "i so bu-.lt fa fittmg that on this, its tenth MiiiCiisuyi the west should have attracted the highest entry to dale: 31 two-man as. all of them lured ev the record prize saoncy: flOJXb bathe winners, OflBQ for second swl2fwrhird. For the benefit of anyone not familiar with the Argo, I should that it fa a splendid little vehicle, whose low- pressure tyres (six or eight ae- to me monet. and au driven) enable it to tackle any load of mound. Oa the Bat ha top speed h only lecaph, but on snow k is in a class of its own. It is aho nitty imneubious. altbouafa when afloat it ia propelled only by the treads of its IbutenMik tyres, niiniwg am pfi1 L and so makes somewhat painfully slow BkuUm Canada and InuxMed into Britain in kit form, thevchir t is saeemhlrrl here, conmxt ant ha strona auk, sines the hadv ' of b hard noh etaytheae tub, end accoaano- datton ia taauc. so are me eon-tmic the driver has no steerina wheel cectotch.butmaBBges las roaiiBg steed wkh a Itamd-grip throttle and two brake levers, left aad rkht which, if yanked with suffkaeat violence, can tun vehicle thrones so or even ammnan hi am asm lananfc. Skkl-stxe they calk. RlsaaTlve as tney Buy sotarai, i Alecs are a goon oem polished than their prede- two), and better trsnsmiatinn I bswe vivid nreeaories of nding m the beck of aa eeriy model when suddenly the sheepdog that I was cradling in my arms kept cjeaa overboard with e penatrat mg yelp, having had the last two inches of its tail severed by one of rhe drive-chains. Such acci-denta, I am glad to say, are no longer nreeeilf; and the wretched Bhcorfuas, winch used constantly to live up to their name by breaking, arc also a thing of the past. The paint about Argot in Scotland ia that they have become firm favourites with everyone who works in the hills. For-estecs use them for ttsareporhng Brerksagft wire end fence-posts cert hay sardaBeepeatts m them end deeretelken rcvy heevih on them for bringing down the car-cases of ardmsis culled high in the Bwmntiins It was this last fact that put the idea of the Argo Grand Prix, coast to coact, into the mind of the whisky magnate Sir Moray Macallan. He instituted the event m 1981 and hat theory that deer-etaaBBn would prove the casmkat and most tenacious drivers has been proved right nme and again: of the okas races held so far, stalkers have wan no fewer men seven. Yet there was another ek- Duff Hart-Davis From Malkug, the line of advance lies due east along the rocky spine of North Morar itself ao mean obstacle. The pe- ge comes on me Ciche, whose conical peak towers 3,400 feet above the eastern end of Loch Nevis: even an Argo cannot negotiate slopes as steep as dioee of the last LOOO feet, and compel uoci will have to leg the final precipitous stielcn to die check -point on the But full i pulsory and aiedical nadaies have been much improved. Not only must all vehicles carry radios and Same (seardv-and-res-cue beacons), but there ere helicopter! on standby to lift out Highland equivalent of a Le Mans start: when the gun went competitors had to cover five mucBofgrueUrngtefrBmoofoot before beginning to drive. This, as be hnpftd, sorted out the townies and gave the true hill-men a flying send-off. For tomorrow, however, there ia an important innovation. To unwove the spectacle for unevi-skn, rofnpfting vehicles will line up on rhe football field at Mallaig and drive from there in aniamtase-calTbesightwalbe a stinmg one, fix k has become stxeafsrd practice to decocate the stumpy tittle Argot - normally red or green wtffapain- , teeth, feathers and so hat ment behind Sar Moray's pa-iaam for what to reach first win mean called "pedestri- Himseif no mean walker - he once aacended 16 Munroa, or 3000-foot r hi 24 hours - he resembles that Pet eccentric Sfc Joha Aefley hh nredBectkin for inriting others to cover great dhtanres on foot. So it was that, for the first Argo races, be specified the ted eyes. on, and rbufh tactics. One unaaue feature of the race fa that there fa no set route. Entrants have to collect tokens from a series of check -poincs, but between these faojatpfl spots they rttoosr their own wsy, even crossing lochs If they think k feasible. The only major prohibition fa that although they may croat tarmac roads, tney may not drive along them. Thereafter the Argos will grind on through the wilds of Lochaber, cross the Great Glen at Laggan and swing north-cast-wards trirough tne MrinadhJiath mountains until they come to the head-waters of the River Findhom, and so make their way down to das finish at Find-horn Bay on the Moray Firth. The race fa first arid foremost a test of physical endurance, for on rough terrain the Argo tairiy flings as occupanb around: but k fa aha a supreme test of map-reading and of a bibb's eye for ground. The drivers can never relax, for they have to steer every inch of the way. Fud is obtainable at dumps air-lifted to rhe check-paiim, but canpeb-tocs hove to cany their own food, drink aad spares. The hardiest - among them last year's winners, the brothers Hector aad Biffo Kennedy from RuBuuaamcbit - drive right through the eight end hope to cocapsste the course m under 40 hours. But If the mist comes down - as k has twice in the past - everyone h brought to a With a fresh fall of snow on the high ground, and the bums in spate, die Kennedy brothers are odds-on favourites to win again; but even if they do, the rest will not be too discouraged, for besides the three main prizes, there are acucrous consolation swards: every crew to finish receives a case of the sponsors' matchless and rarely seen 25-year-oU malt whisky. SPEAKING of notabte spring The risks, of course, ere con-sideiabss: four or five Argos are written off every year, usually in ravines or steep tirlerl buns, and one or two generally sink. that other highlight the annual rat-shoot m the cellars of Har-rods, in which the vermin are driven, block by Mock, to a team of seven crack guns wielding douUe-barreiled lOs. I am delighted to report that after my earlier rkirisytiua of the event m Una cokimn, interest was so strong that pehet-proof PmiajcAsciBf lit have been erected to fuim viewing gellertes od that this year the punk will be admitted for the first time. I should, however, warn any !unyVBuncbe,td good, as the automatic fire systems have to be switched off tor the duration of the shoot and cordite snsosefaBabktohangmtheair. But anyone keen should be out-aide the Hans Qeacent entrance by 630am. At 50 each, tickets are not cheap, but you do gat flesh or-angeiuice throwa in - and anyway, has aot Hanods motto al-way been "Never Bamrmgty

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