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As people head off for the holidays, here are a few suggestions for your reading list. My favourite book review of the year was by Andrew Adonis on Philip Short’s Mitterrand: a Study in Ambiguity. Mitterand’s dominance of French politics … Continue reading

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The centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth has been widely celebrated in Britain. He is, after all, our greatest composer – at least since Purcell, and certainly of the 20th century. But there is something more to the celebration of his … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year when people write summer reading lists and, if you’ll forgive the immodesty, here is mine.

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From September 2014, primary schools will have to teach a foreign language to pupils in key stage 2 (7–11 year olds). Many already teach foreign languages, in part because of the last Labour government’s decision to introduce an entitlement to … Continue reading

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I’m away for a summer break, so I thought I’d sign out from this blog for a couple of weeks with some holiday reading tips. 

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Louise Mensch MP attracted a lot of attention for her recent GQ interview, in which she expressed frustration at not being promoted. I was rather more taken by a tweet in which she declared her delight at the news that … Continue reading

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