Universities should be free-to charge students what they like. Alan Ryan, Warden of New College, Oxford, says Dearing is already out of date, the system must be deregulated
There is a new optimism about Russia. Douglas Hurd, who here recalls his meetings with Gorbachev and Yeltsin, says it is justified. Even the prospect of a populist president should not alarm the west
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