Unlucky for some

October 15, 1999

Poor British Council. No sooner does it secure the services of someone with a close ear to government, than he joins it. Peter Mandelson's appointment as council vice-chair last month will prove short-lived, since he has replaced Mo Mowlam as Northern Ireland secretary. "We will be looking for another vice-chair, I'm sure," says a council spokeswoman. "This keeps happening to us."

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